The Phoenix Suns finished with the worst record in the NBA last season at 21-61 but they're hoping to be more competitive this year and make a huge improvement.
Their chances of doing that will depend largely on their young star Devin Booker.
There will be added responsibility on his shoulders after the franchise signed him to a five-year max contract worth $158 million this summer.
But the shooting guard will struggle to have a big impact if he can't stay on the court.
Last season, he missed 28 games through injury and the Suns have now been hit with another setback regarding Booker.
According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7, the 21-year-old will undergo hand surgery this week.
Gambadoro reports that he'll be out indefinitely and is likely to miss the start of training camp, which is due to begin on 25 September.
Beginning their preparations for the new campaign without their best player will not be ideal for Phoenix, especially as they need to integrate several new faces and work with their new head coach.
His health issues didn't stop him from developing into one of the league's best scorers last year and they'll hope Booker can come back at 100 percent to lead their charge.
In the 2017-18 campaign, he posted 24.9 points and 4.7 assists in 54 games, as well as shooting a career-high 38.3 percent from three-point range.
Much will be expected of him as he'll be tasked with dragging the Arizona-based outfit out of mediocrity and eventually back into the playoffs.
But this new injury will be of concern to the Suns and they'll be hoping he can recover in time for the new season.
New head coach Igor Kokoskov will be keen to see Booker develop a relationship with number one draft pick Deandre Ayton as soon as possible.
The duo will be the cornerstones of the franchise for years to come and can potentially form a dangerous partnership on the floor.
It will also be important for the team to fit in newcomers such as Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson as they're likely to go straight into the starting lineup.
With a lot of change over the offseason, training camp will be important for the Suns to build chemistry and understand Kokoskov's methods.
Booker's injury, therefore, comes at a bad time but we'll surely know more when the team releases details of his surgery and the expected recovery time.
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