Suns’ Devin Booker still rehabbing broken hand, still hoping to play opening night

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In the midst of all the other dysfunction around the Phoenix Suns, there is still this:

Devin Booker, the team’s new max-contract player and de facto point guard, is still out as he recovers from off-season hand surgery. The initial timetable on that surgery had Booker out six weeks and missing the first week, or at least a couple of games, of the season. Booker, however, is trying to beat that timeline and go next week, reports Marc Spears of ESPN.

Booker is young, 21, and may heal fast and get back in time for the opener. Then again, if you’re the Suns why push the face of the franchise and the guy you just maxed out to get back? Let him get right so there are not other setbacks, especially in a season where the Suns are not a playoff team.

If Booker does miss the opener against Luka Doncic and the Mavs, don’t expect him to miss much more.