As it turns out, the Washington Wizards' decision to use its entire salary-cap exemption on veteran Paul Pierce, proved to be a closed door for Trevor Booker.
However, the former Clemson star came up big on the rebound, as on Tuesday he signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Utah Jazz.
Booker was a mainstay performer during the Wizards' run to the NBA playoffs last season, but by starting more than half the team's games, he bumped himself significantly up the salary scale and over the Wizards' cap.
He was declared an unrestricted free agent, and for the past months has held discussions with numerous NBA teams, including the Jazz and the New York Knicks.
Booker, 26, was selected 23rd overall out of Clemson by the Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft.
He developed into a solid rebounder over the last three years, averaging 5.1 total rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game in his time in Washington. He made more than 40 starts for the Wizards last season.