Suns' Booker undergoes hand surgery

Tyler Owen
September 11, 2018

Phoenix guard Devin Booker has undergone surgery to fix an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint of his right hand, and the Suns say the expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.

Unfortunately for Booker and the Suns, a lingering hand injury will force the star guard to potentially miss the beginning of training camp.

Booker's right-hand injury lingered throughout the latter part of last season after he jammed it during a practice March 14.

The Suns open training camp on September 25 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

It will be the first time the Breakers will have played an National Basketball Association side in the second year of a pre-season series that pits teams from the Australian NBL against National Basketball Association opponents. The 21-year-old averaged 24.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 4.7 APG last season-all career-highs.

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Booker signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension with the Suns this offseason. He won the Three-Point Contest during the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend and recently participated in the USA Men's National Team minicamp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Phoenix opens the regular season October 17 against the Mavericks.

If Booker is unable to go for the first couple games of the season, the Suns will have to rely heavily on Troy Daniels and Shaquille Harrison at the shooting guard position.

The Suns drafted him with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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