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The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 12, 2009 8:54 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2009 10:43 pm
LAS VEGAS -- With their four-year, $32 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Paul Millsap, the Trail Blazers have woven a web that has ensnared bonus money, luxury-tax considerations, and the future of Carlos Boozer. Based on conversations with NBA front office sources, here's an attempt at untangling it:

Utah is currently about $3 million over the luxury tax. If they match the offer sheet for Millsap, they'd be close to $12 million over. A person familiar with Utah's situation said the team has accepted the fact that it is going to be a tax-paying team, but nobody expects the Jazz to venture that far into the land of the taxpayers. So something has to give.

In order to keep Millsap and get under the tax threshold of $69.9 million, Utah would have to trade Boozer (due to make $12.7 million next season) and take virtually no salary back. The only way to do that is to recruit a third team that is under the cap -- one that is willing to take on salary for the price of draft picks and cash.

At this point in the free-agent period, only two teams remain under the cap: Oklahoma City, which is getting plenty of calls from teams looking to recruit them as a trade partner, and Portland. The Blazers aren't interested in Boozer; they already have a starting power forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, and covet Millsap for his willingness to be a role player and contribute in ways that vary from the traditional post-up forward. Oklahoma City is the key.

UPDATE: The Thunder currently are about $11.5 million under the cap, but aren't eager to use that space by becoming a dumping ground for contracts shed in a Boozer deal, according to sources. Despite its acquisition of Zach Randolph, Memphis surprisingly has several million dollars in wiggle room -- and will get $5.2 million more on Friday, when their Dallas-assisted buyout of Jerry Stackhouse hits their books.

One interesting aspect of this tale is the fact that Utah is in better financial shape to match Millsap's signing bonus than was originally assumed. The maximum signing bonus that can be included in an offer sheet is 17.5 percent of the total contract -- in this case, $5.6 million. Many NBA teams would have trouble writing a check that big without borrowing the money, but Utah, according to NBA front office sources, isn't one of them. The team's only debt is a small amount owed on its arena, so paying Millsap a signing bonus would be "a non-event for them," according to one of the sources.

The signing bonus is prorated for the life of the deal for cap purposes to preserve the structure of year-to-year raises prescribed by the CBA. But Utah must front that money to Millsap in order to meet the exact requirements of matching the Portland offer.

UPDATE: If the Jazz decide to venture deep into tax territory by matching the Millsap offer, they would have a few months to find the best deal for Boozer. They wouldn't be locked into a tax level until the February trade deadline, when they might get better offers from teams eager to clear 2010-11 cap space by acquiring Boozer's expiring contract. But their leverage also might diminish because teams would know they were desperate to shed tax money. 

From the Blazers' standpoint, it's not clear what their options would be if Utah matched the offer sheet. Portland has between $7.7 million and $9 million in cap space, which was preserved when Hedo Turkoglu backed out of his verbal agreement and signed with the Raptors. If the Blazers don't use that money this season, it won't be available next summer because they will have to use it to sign Brandon Roy and Aldridge to extensions.

Confused? Hopefully less so than before you started reading.


Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2009 8:08 pm

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

You are probablly some little kid with no idea of basketball.. You just rant and rave about your favorite players..

You have yet to show any reasoning for your feelings.. You just post some crappy stuff that YOU believe to be true. No response to my post with FACTS and STATS to prove my point about millsap. Take a seat kid, your just wasting your breath.

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2009 6:39 pm

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

yeah you do.  like 8 million a year for paul millsap.  oden, aldridge, and pryzbilla will all get more minutes.  so you are paying your 4th big 8 million dollars............idiot.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2009 3:28 pm

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

If I'm reading this right, Oklahoma City could conceivably help some team avoid paying as much tax.  What would be in it for them?  I think it would work something like this:

1.  Team A is over the luxury tax threshold by 10 mil.

2.  Team A offers to trade player X(making 10 mil)  to the Thunder for a second round pick(OKC can do unbalanced trade because they are under the cap).  Team A sends "cash considerations" with player X which is to be used to buy out player X.

3.  Player X is on OKC's books, but it doesn't matter because they are still under the cap.  No harm, no foul.

Result:  Team A is under the tax threshold.  OKC is not hurt because they spent no money just used cap space which they were under.  Team A somehow compensates OKC.  I don't know how, but it seems Team A would be very grateful to OKC for saving them 10 mil.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2009 2:40 pm

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

Carlos Boozer to the Pistons for Richard Hamilton.  Any of the Jazz fans alrite with this deal?  Piston get to start Ben Gordon, and Jazz get Rip to start alongside Williams.  I'm sorry if I offend anyone but if any of the two are overated I would have to say it's Millsap.  In Detroit we had the same problem.  Everyone looked at Amir Johnson and said look at him, he could be the next KG.  We just traded him essentially for $2 million.  It's exciting to see a draft pick work his way up to the starting lineup, and become an all star caliber player.  But unfortunately, not every player becomes that.  Boozer has done it every year as long as he stays healthy.  He's the better of the 2 PF's.

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 12:44 pm

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

I think The Blazers are using this opportunity to simply make Utah a little worse... Think about it... Either 1 they get Milsap away from Utah and add a tremendous PF to their 2nd string roster.  With just Boozer inside the Blazers can wear them down easier.  Or Utah matches the deal and Keeps Milsap, then causing them to get rid of Boozer, which would aslso be a good move for Portland... Having them get rid of their major inside scoring threat would be nice as well...

So either way I see it, KP made a very strategic move.  He has made Utah choose one of the other... they can no longer have both...  And being in the same division is the key to KPs thought process

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 11:55 am

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

Boozer is a looser. He will end up hurt and sitting most of the year anyways. Get rid of the baby. Hes not true to his word screwing Cleland first then Utah. Fairwell Boozer!

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2009 11:27 am

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

I agree with LiLSpike0738, Boozer is so over rated... he plays with no passion, he doesnt play to his size, and is often over powered defensively.  No spark, Milsap has the spark and defensive and rebounding tenacity... Utah needs a player like that, not one who is just there to get paid.

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 10:30 am

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

Would the Jazz be interested in a deal for Cuttino Mobley's contract?  The Cat's contract is for roughly 10 million and insurance is covering 80%, sign Mouhamed Sene to a non guaranteed contract to cover the difference between Mobley and Boozer's contracts.  Utah then could take the savings and match Milsap's contract from Portland.  The Knicks could then in turn sign and trade Lee to Portland, thoughts?

Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2009 10:16 am

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

Sorry to inform you, but Roy signed a five year extension on saturday.  Jazz will have to shop some where else for their players....

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2009 9:52 am

The Boozer-Millsap dilemma (UPDATE)

rs/gamelog?playerId=3015 <- Millsap

rs/gamelog?playerId=1703 <- Boozer

Milsap scored 20/10 in just about EVERY game he played more than 30 minutes... Look at the stats.

Between Nov, Dec, and Jan. (when he started) he averaged over 15 PPG and over 10 RPG..  When he played more than 30 minutes he nearly averaged 20/10!!! Milsap shot over 50% and Boozer shot under 50%..

Don't give me that Millsap is only a 6th man.. He is more than worthy to start. He is young, and has plenty of potential to grow into a great player.. He is 6"8 compared to Boozers 6"9 WOO 1 inch difference!!!

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