The news was first released by 98.7 FM in Arizona, as the injury is described as an injured ligament in his left hand, which bothered him for most of last season, and caused him to miss the final 12 games of the year. The surgery will take place in Los Angeles, but the team will not know an official timetable for his recovery until after the procedure takes place.
The 21-year-old signed a five-year contract extension worth $158 million in July, with the talks being that he could lead the Suns back to the postseason as early as next year. Entering his fourth NBA season, Booker is coming off a season that saw him average a career-high 24.9 points per game. He was drafted 13th overall out of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA Draft, and has now been surrounded by top pick Deandre Ayton, the fourth pick Josh Jackson, and the 10th pick Mikal Bridges.
Booker has yet to play all 82 games of a season for the Suns, and only appeared in 54 games with them last season due to multiple injuries. That could be a risk factor in the Suns' decision to lock him in, despite him stepping up his game in the past two seasons. The young core of the Suns organization could be without their leader to begin their season, which opens up on October 17th at home against the Dallas Mavericks.