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Trevor Booker is heading to China

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Earlier today, we heard the news that Jahlil Okafor had made a decision about where he would be playing basketball in 2018-2019 (New Orleans). Now we’ve gotten word on where the man who Okafor was traded for will be playing basketball in 2018-2019.

So Trevor Booker is taking his talents to the Eastern Hemisphere. And it sounds like Booker made the decision as a result of money/opportunities drying up for the free agent pool. I’m sure an NBA team or two offered bread crumbs, but nothing that could convince Booker to pass up on bigger bucks in China. He’s very confident he’ll make it back to the NBA offering assurances, but going on age 31 in November, for a bench role player nothing’s a sure bet.

Bigger TJ McConnell played just 33 games as a Sixer, but I grew fond of him. Gritty, hustler, engaging, thoughtful, self-aware; what’s not to like? Booker is nothing special on-court by any stretch of the imagination, but he seems like a solid locker room presence. I hope he finds his way back to the NBA. In the meantime, he’ll be most remembered in Philly for being the return on Jahlil Okafor.