Reports: Booker waived by 76ers, will sign with Pacers

NBA.com Global on Mar 01, 2018 07:49 AM
Reports: Booker waived by 76ers, will sign with Pacers
Trevor Booker NBA file photo

NBA.com staff report

The Atlanta Hawks waived veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova two days ago, and he has been linked to a reunion with the Philadelphia 76ers. In order for his old team to get him on the roster, though, the Sixers would have to part with a player.

The Sixers have apparently cleared a spot to bring Ilyasova aboard as the team has reportedly waived forward Trevor Booker. Both ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey say the move was made specifically to add Ilyasova. Per Wojnarowski, Booker agreed to a buyout in the deal.

Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports and Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com, Booker will sign with the Indiana Pacers once he clears waivers. Booker seemed to acknowledge that move with a Tweet reading: "Indy, let's work!"

Booker also acknowledged his departure from the Sixers via Twitter, saying: "Philly, I appreciate my short time with you guys, great fans and a great future."

The Sixers acquired Booker in their early season trade of Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. The seven-year NBA veteran averaged 15 minutes, 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with the Sixers. The Sixers rank 16th in three-point percentage and 17th in three-pointers made per game recently added sharpshooter Marco Belinelli (who was also recently waived by the Hawks) on Feb. 12 (Feb. 13, PHL time).

If they add Ilyasova, his three-point stroke this season (35.9 percent) far exceeds that of Booker's (26.3 percent).

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