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Free agent Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker has agreed to join the Brooklyn Nets on a 2-year, $18-million deal, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
Booker's deal with the Nets is fully guaranteed, sources say. He leaves the Jazz having spent two seasons in Utah, making an impact with his energy off the bench as the third big man in Quin Snyder's rotation. He averaged 5.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and made a big impact off the court with his leadership in the lockerroom.
When Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey brought Booker into the fold two summers ago, he did so with the idea of Booker helping mentor a young roster into maturity. He emerged swiftly as one of the veterans the rest of the team looked up to.
"I appreciate everything the Jazz organization has done for me and my family!," Booker said on twitter, minutes after reaching his agreement. "Truly gonna miss my teammates, and the fans. Forever love!"
Sources tell The Tribune that Booker loved his time with the Jazz and was torn about the prospect of moving on. But the Jazz made it clear to Booker that because of Trey Lyles, they wanted him back as the fourth big man, which would've meant a reduction in playing time.
The Jazz could still be on the market for another big man after agreeing to a deal with Joe Johnson late Friday night. Booker, sources say, garnered significant interest from several teams in free agency.
That's when the Nets moved in swiftly. The two sides negotiated for most of Saturday afternoon, and a deal was quickly agreed upon.
Booker has history with Nets general manager Sean Marks. The two were teammates with the Washington Wizards, and have maintained a good relationship over the years. Booker will compete for a starting spot and at minimum, he is expected to play a key role off the bench for what has been a struggling team.