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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.

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer (UPDATE)

While getting Boozer for Haslem would be a good temp move...Boozer will be available this offseason to sign.

It looks to me that Miami would love a half season look at Carlos to see how he would merge in and fit with ONeal, Wade, Beasley and company.

I doubt it happens though because the Jazz are winning right now.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

if you follow the nba at all, and, obviously with your comment you dont, its all about trading contract for contract. expiring contracts may be cut without much cap penalties, since the original team has already paid the bulk of the salary.



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

it does make sense.... This means Jazz can trade Boozer (at 12.7 mil) to the Wiz for expiring contracts that not only expire at the end of this season, but ultimately lower the 12.7 mil and correlate to a smaller luxury tax at the end of the season. If they can trade Boozer (12.7 mil) to the Wiz for say 2 expiring contracts (combined say 6 mil) that lowers the luxury tax paid to half. Plus they know Boozer most likely will not resign next year, so why pay that luxury tax at the end of the season when you could trade him 4 months early and not have to pay that much tax? 

On the other hand this does make sense for the Jazz, the Wiz would be stupid to accept it. They would just be getting Boozer as a loaner for 4 months because he will NOT sign with the Wiz at the end of the season. While it makes sense for the Jazz, the Wiz really have no point in making this trade, other than to HELP the Jazz. Why would another pro team try to help another pro team? It's just brainless (unless the nba forces the trade like the mavs-wiz and cavs-wiz... both unfairly lopsided trades)



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

That Ken Berger is just so handsome.  I can't help but believe him.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

talking about dealing him for Chalmers and Haslem




Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

Why so the team can be worse?



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

I agree.  That's now saying much of anything. 



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:55 pm
 

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?



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Utah, Miami discussing Boozer

Come on Jazz, Boot Booz the hell outta Utah!


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