The Phoenix Suns are going to have to start new-season activities without their superstar. Devin Booker, per Kellan Olson, will not be at training camp to kick off the 2021-2022 season.
Thankfully, though, the reason for his absence will be due to health and safety protocols which is more ideal than any type of lengthy injury. All indications are that Booker does not have any serious issues.
Suns announce that Devin Booker is in health and safety protocols. He will not be participating in media day on Monday or the start of training camp that begins on Tuesday.— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) September 26, 2021
“The Suns said Sunday that the two-time All-Star won’t participate in Monday’s media day. The team said it would have no further updates until he’s ready for training camp,” NBA.com wrote.
Given Booker’s role on the team, this is obviously a big deal. He averaged a team-high 25.6 points per game, his fifth straight season of notching at least 20 per game.
The former lottery pick didn’t hit a career-high, but he was a major factor in the Suns reaching the NBA Finals. Despite losing to the Milwaukee Bucks, Booker aided the franchise’s first Finals appearance since the 1992-1993 season.
With Chris Paul on the roster, Booker learned to take a backseat when the situation needed him to. Still the team’s most dynamic scorer, Booker took a huge step forward last season. That said, hopefully, this protocol keeping him out doesn’t influence him past Tuesday.