Ex-Terp Booth signs with Bulls 3-year deal is worth more than $1.7 million

October 02, 1997|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

Former University of Maryland and Dunbar High School star Keith Booth signed yesterday with the NBA champion Chicago Bulls.

Booth, who was the last player picked in the first round of June's draft, signed a guaranteed three-year deal worth $1.719 million.

A 6-foot-6, 225-pound guard-forward, he was expected to take a flight to Chicago last night and will take a physical today. Camp opens tomorrow.

Neither Booth nor Bulls general manager Jerry Krause were available for comment yesterday.

"There was no reason to rush [signing the contract]," said Curtis Polk, Booth's agent for the Washington, D.C.-based Falk Associates Management Enterprises (FAME). "There were advantages to staying unsigned. He could have been packaged in a trade to another team over the salary cap because of the rookie exception. Chances are, on the Bulls, he's not going to get a lot of playing time."

There was also a possibility of Booth playing in Europe this year. Polk said that Booth had "plenty of opportunities" to play overseas, but no offers that guaranteed him a full-season's pay.

Booth, who was a third-team All-America choice with the Terrapins last season, is expected to play a limited role this season.

Booth already had participated in a rookie camp with the Bulls, and they got a glimpse of his potential when he played on the Bulls' summer-league team at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City.

Playing in four of the team's five games, Booth averaged nearly 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes a game. He made 11 of 28 shots from the field and 25 of 33 from the foul line.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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