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Boozer's decision

Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:52 pm

A few months ago, Jazz forward Carlos Boozer was so convinced he would opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent that he proclaimed, "I'm opting out, no matter what. I'm going to get a raise regardless."

Things change.

Less than 18 hours before Tuesday's deadline for players with early termination clauses or player options to notify teams of their intentions, there has been no word from Boozer's camp on whether he will choose to hit the unrestricted free-agent market at midnight Wednesday. One sticking point could be the part about Boozer believing he would "get a raise regardless." Due to make $12.7 million next season in the final year of his deal, Boozer may be stuck in the wrong free-agent class.

He's a 2010 free agent trapped in a 2009 free agent's body.

Only a handful of teams have enough cap space to sign a max player, the Pistons being chief among them. According to sources, the Pistons are expected to reach out to Boozer, Hedo Turkoglu, and Ben Gordon when the negotiating period begins. Oklahoma City and Memphis also are flush with cap room, but neither team is expected to make a big splash this summer. So does Boozer want to walk away from $12.7 million based on one team making it worth his while?

An Eastern Conference executive said Monday night it's feasible that Boozer backtracks on his opt-out guarantee, picks up his player option for next season, and makes another run at free agency in 2010, when numerous teams will have money to spend.

"That wouldn't be the least bit surprising," the executive said.

Boozer's agent, Rob Pelinka, did not return a call seeking comment Monday. Pelinka has another, more famous client in the same position as Boozer: the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, who is widely expected to terminate his contract with the intention of re-upping with L.A. But Bryant's situation is more complicated -- isn't it always? -- because he can make the Lakers sweat while they try to re-sign free agents Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom and while Phil Jackson decides whether to return for the final year of his contract.


Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:11 pm

Boozer's decision

Millsap and a healthy Okur will help down the stretch.
If Boozer doesn't opt out, then it would be very hard for the Jazz to be able to resign Memo and Millsap to there long-term contracts and not go over the lux. tax threshold even though Greg Miller did mention that the team would do whatever takes to bring a championship team to Utah.

Boozer better off opting out now than staying put.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 1:00 pm

Boozer's decision

Now as a Jazz fan and hearing Boozer's jiberish from I'm opting out no matter what blah blah blah I'm gonna get a raise blah blah blah, to when the Jazz locker-room clean-out saying that he wants to stay in Utah to win a championship. Please I've heard that before with the Cleveland situation.

Carlos it's been fun (when you where healthy), it's been real, but your just not the risk of being paid 15-million a year to be injured for a good majority of those games.

Besides Paul Millsap is more than capable of replacing Boozer, and the upside to Millsap he can play "DEFENSE" a word that Boozer doesn't understand.

BYE BYE Boozer have fun playing somewhere else. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 12:27 pm

Boozer's decision

Boozer is a greedy cock.

Cleveland let him opt out so they could renogotiate with him and he took off in the middle of the night.  He was totally back stabbing them the whole time.

Why would he want to leave Lebron James? The two of them together could have possibly won a championship already.
Screw this guy, he's a money grubbing prick.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:04 am

Boozer's decision

Boozer is a solid player, I just hope that getting a new fat contract doesn't make him lazy

I would take Carlos Boozer over Lamar Odom hands down no questions asked.  Boozer is consistent when healthy.  I think Odom has about four personalitites.  Boozer > Odom

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 8:58 am

Boozer's decision

Please Boozer isnt going anywhere this year.  Not one of the three teams that can afford to give him a raise from the 12+ mil he will be making this year are contenders or will become a contender with his help.  Here are some of the Major reasons he is not going to command the type of money he thinks he will get:

-Injury. he averages roughly missing 21 games a year due to injury.  A quarter of your season gone.  With that he tends to stay out longer than expected generally on his own time table.
-Defense. He averages 59 steals and 29 blocks a game.  Hardly all star numbers, or max contract numbers.  Especially considering he can only guard traditional PF's somewhat compitantly.  PF like Odom, Gasul, Nowitski, Lewis, make him look horrible.  Between him and Okur, they form the weakest front court duo when it comes to defense in the league.
-Playoffs.  He disappears constantly in the playoffs.  he had one good game in the play offs, other than that totally forgetable.
-Chemistry.  He is not the type of player that makes the people around him better.  He will not make a non contender a contender at all. 

I just hope the Jazz don't over pay to keep him, considering that they already have milsap.  When you consider the fact that Stoudamire will be available next year, Bosh, and a few other really good all around PF will be available next year, why would you waste the money on him.  Let him ride out this next year and let him go in lue of going after one of the better PF on the market.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2009 2:21 am

Boozer's decision

Boozer should stay in Utah for another year.  Don't opt out dude.  Stay playing with Deron Williams.  Brewer was solid this year.  Millsap and a healthy Okur will help down the stretch.  It's not bad making 12.7 million and going out in the first round of the playoffs.  Plus, if for some reason Kobe opts out, you know he's going to be the top free agent, but will Kobe really opt out?  Then you got Odom and Ariza hitting the market too.  Depending on what you need, I'd take Odom before Boozer, just because Odom has more skills, presents more matchup problems then Boozer does.  Hopefully Carlos will stay for another year, come out next year with the big class and definitely get a raise, as long as he stays healthy.  It's always a semi risk to put things off for another year.

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