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Trevor Booker agrees to deal with Utah Jazz


In 45 starts for the Wizards this past season, Trevor Booker made a name for himself and displayed his value as an undersized yet impactful power forward (Rob Carr/Getty Images).

Michael Lee reported free agent forward Trevor Booker, who along with John Wall and Kevin Serpahin was the longest-tenured member of the Wizards’ roster, is headed to the Utah Jazz.

The Wizards wanted to retain Booker, an energetic 6-foot-8 forward who had spent his entire career with the Wizards after they acquired him on a draft-day trade in 2010. But the price to do so increased after last season, when Booker averaged 6.8 points with 5.3 rebounds in 72 games, including 45 starts. As a non-lottery pick who started more than 41 games, he became eligible to receive the same qualifying offer as the ninth overall pick, which turned out to be $4.7 million, an increase of $1.3 million from the start of last season. The Wizards declined to make that qualifying offer, hoping instead to maintain financial flexibility by bringing him back on a multiyear deal for a lower annual salary.     

And then there’s this not-to-be-overlooked fact:

 

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