Suns’ Booker to have hand surgery; out indefinitely

Devin Booker of the Suns will have surgery on his right hand Monday.

Standout shooting guard Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns will have surgery on his right hand Monday and will be out indefinitely, according to a report by John Gambadoro of Arizonasports.com.

The surgery will be done in Los Angeles and Booker is expected to 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. Despite the injury, Booker played the next night against the Utah Jazz and made just three of 18 field-goal attempts.

The 6-foot-6, 206-pound Booker sat out the final 12 games of the season and was required to wear a splint on the hand until its condition improved.

Booker, 21, had a banner season a year ago, averaging 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 34.5 minutes in 54 games, shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from deep and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The 13th overall selection in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky, Booker signed a five-year, maximum-contract extension worth $158 million July 7, locking him up through the 2023-24 season.

The Suns will open training camp Sept. 25 in Flagstaff, begin the preseason Oct. 1 against the Sacramento Kings and tip off their 2018-19 season Oct. 17 against the Dallas Mavericks.

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