Wizards hold firm on Trevor Booker as he leaves for Jazz

Wizards hold firm on Trevor Booker as he leaves for Jazz
July 15, 2014, 1:45 pm
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LAS VEGAS -- Another roster spot opens as Trevor Booker has taken a deal with the Utah Jazz far above what the Wizards were willing to offer, CSNWashington.com has confirmed.

Booker will get a two-year deal worth $10 million with Utah, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The Wizards drew a line in the sand in free agency when it came to Booker and Trevor Ariza, unwilling to go over a certain mark to retain either. Booker was allowed to become an unrestricted free agent when the Wizards declined to make him a qualifying offer of $4.6 million.

As explained here, the Wizards didn't believe he was worth that price-tag and were amenable to retaining him at a lower number with multiple years. As of Monday night, he still was in the picture. The Jazz almost doubled what the Wizards' per year offer. 

Booker averaged 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in four seasons in Washington, taken in the first round the same year that John Wall went No. 1 overall to the Wizards. 

He started a career-high 45 games last season while Nene was out with various leg injuries. When Nene went down because of a hyperextended knee on Feb. 23, the Wizards went 12-10 with Booker in the starting lineup after being well below .500 when Booker had to start at power forward previously.

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