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Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:12 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Spurned in their efforts to land Amar'e Stoudemire, the Miami Heat engaged the Jazz in "serious, owner-level" discussions to land Utah power forward Carlos Boozer -- an effort that fell flat at Thursday's trade deadline, sources told CBSSports.com.

The talks brought to a head a season-long disagreement among Jazz officials as to what should be done with Boozer, in the final year of his contract at $12.7 million -- a luxury tax burden on Utah. Coach Jerry Sloan, recognizing how well the team has played with the combination of Boozer and Paul Millsap, has been lobbying to keep him. But ownership, mindful of a massive tax bill that will be due at the end of the season, has been exploring ways to shed Boozer's contract. One way to do it would've been to recruit the Wizards as a third teamin the scenario. Washington just acquired several expiring contracts in the Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison deal and was open to the possibility of accelerating its rebuilding.

One executive familiar with the talks said they emerged Thursday as a longshot possibility for a pre-deadline deal, and if not, the discussions would lay the groundwork for a possible resurrection of the scenario this summer. The executive's doubts that the talks had any traction proved accurate, and Utah was said to be not nearly as enthused about the scenario as Miami.

With no deadline deals, the Heat remain on equal footing with cap-clearing rivals heading into the critical July 1 free-agent period. The Knicks and Bulls cleared enough space to be within striking distance of adding to max free agents this summer, and the Clippers and Kings also shed money to join the field. The Nets, with no deadline moves, will have about $25 million in cap space this summer -- enough for one max player and enough flexibility to add a second through a sign-and-trade.

Miami's edge heading into the deadline centered around the fact that they already have one of the marquee potential 2010 free agents -- Dwyane Wade -- and $18-$20 million in space to add a second superstar. But the Heat have more competition in that dash for max players, and will have to convince Wade they have the ability to pair him with one of them in order to persuade him to sign a long-term deal to stay in South Beach.

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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

You must not pay attention to the same Jazz team as the rest of the Jazz owners. I think they could have got ridden of Boozer had they wanted to, but they did not. And I think the Jazz President and Jazz GM and Coach know a lot better about basketball talent than you do.
They are going to lose him anyway CLOWN. 

Sometimes I wonder if the Jazz brass know better than I do about talent.  Standing pat at trade deadlines every single year seems to have worked out for them so far huh?

It gets old.....every year we see other teams try to improve themselves in an area that they are lacking.  Watching Camby last night I thought to myself......what a pick up he could have been for the Jazz on the defensive end, but we'll continue to struggle with the length of some other teams(i.e.) the Lakers. 



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:21 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

HEAT PICK UP CHRIS BOSH IN FREE AGENCY TIME
I would love that, but I'm not sure how appealing Miami is to Bosh... then again, it obviously all depends on D-Wade's decision.



Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

And If you had a life at all you wouldn't know that



Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:12 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

 I SAY WADE GONE STAY WITH THE HEAT. AND THE HEAT PICK UP CHRIS BOSH IN FREE AGENCY TIME. THE HEAT ARE MAKING THE PLAYOFFS NO QUESTION BOUT THAT



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

Miami sits pat and does nothing, meaning Dwyane Wade for sure is gone after this season. Still pretty shocked by Miami's calmness about the whole situation. Michael Beasley is going to carry this team?




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

FALSE!!! it would be wise to trade him. good teamwork and well executed offense is "carrying" this team.  Millsap seems to be just as capable in the starting role at power forward. if the jazz could get another good shooting guard or small forward they could make some noise in the playoffs, i say make the trade



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:13 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

That's it?  How and why would the Wizards be involved?  That's a pretty vague statement don't you think?

the espn article has all that info for ya, i always check them out first these days!




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

You must not pay attention to the same Jazz team as the rest of the Jazz owners. I think they could have got ridden of Boozer had they wanted to, but they did not. And I think the Jazz President and Jazz GM and Coach know a lot better about basketball talent than you do.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

First of all, it would not be STUPID to trade him.  Secondly, he is most certainly not carrying this team.  Paul Millsap is playing MUCH better than Boozer is right now.  Good riddance to bad rubbish is what I say!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

would be absolutely STUPID to trade Boozer Now.  He is carrying this team.


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