In the process of playing his way into the Washington Wizard's starting core, Trevor Booker may have played his way out of a job.
The Wizards announced on Saturday that they have declined to make a 'qualifying offer' for the former Clemson star, who emerged as one of the NBA team's mainstays during a successful 2013-14 season.
According to the Washington Post, it's not that the Wizards don't want to keep Booker - it's that he played himself a salary bracket the team is unwilling to pay.
According to the Post, "Before the season began, Booker was eligible for a qualifying offer of $3.4 million as the 23rd pick in the 2010 NBA draft. But Booker was set to earn an offer nearly $1.3 million higher after meeting what the NBA collective bargaining agreement calls, “starter criteria.” If a non-lottery first-round pick starts at least 41 games or plays 2,000 minutes, he is eligible to receive the same qualifying offer as the ninth overall pick. Booker started 45 games."
After two injury-plagued seasons, Booker played in 72 games and averaged 21 minutes, 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
If he signs with another team as an unrestricted free agent, Booker is set to earn $4.7 million in 2014-15.