Sources: Raptors Can Accept Carlos Boozer / Andrea Bargnani Deal Whenever They Choose (Pg. 2)
Posted June 10, 2010 - 07:11 AM
Posted June 27, 2010 - 12:37 PM
Keeping Carlos Boozer Remains Utah's Top Offseason Priority
Jazz GM Kevin O’Connor said talking with Carlos Boozer would be “absolutely” the top priority when free agency opens. Although the Jazz matched a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to keep Paul Millsap last summer, O’Connor said the team remains interested in re-signing Boozer.
“They’ve played awful well together,” O’Connor said, adding that he appreciates all the matchup problems created by the Lakers’ towering frontcourt of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
Utah will have competition from teams with maximum cap space.
I thought the Jazz didn't want Booze anymore. Why they wanna keep him now?
Posted June 29, 2010 - 10:02 AM
Heat, Nets and Bulls Expressing Interest In Carlos Boozer
Miami, New Jersey and Chicago have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer and are in the process of scheduling meetings with him on or after July 1, according to league sources. New York is also expected to reach out to the Jazz's two-time All-Star.
The Utah forward is second among big men, behind Chris Bosh, on the wish list of Miami, which is hoping to bring together the powerful triumvirate of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh.
Boozer is an established inside scoring threat, averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds with the Jazz this season.
In addition to his on-court production, teams are interested in Boozer because he could come cheaper than Suns forward Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire views himself as a max-salary player, but few teams agree.
On the other hand, clubs believe they can get Boozer for multiple years at a contract beginning around $13 million a year, according to sources.
Posted June 30, 2010 - 10:45 PM
Jazz Reach Out To Carlos Boozer Shortly After Midnight
Led by Greg Miller, the Jazz reached out to Carlos Boozer shortly after midnight.
Utah will continue their dialogue with the unrestricted free agent.
Posted July 01, 2010 - 04:29 PM
Magic Targeting Carlos Boozer Via Sign-And-Trade
SALT LAKE CITY — With the NBA's summer free agency negotiating period having opened late Wednesday night, all of the expected suspects — Miami, Chicago, New Jersey and New York — have at least some degree of interest in possibly signing Jazz unrestricted free agent power forward Carlos Boozer.
The Orlando Magic appear to be a legitimate contender, too, via a potential sign-and-trade deal with Utah.
Boozer does not have total say in his future, however, because wherever Toronto unrestricted free agent power forward Chris Bosh goes, he most likely would not.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that Miami team president Pat Riley planned to meet with Boozer and Phoenix Suns big man Amare Stoudemire, "but Riley's dream scenario is a Dwyane Wade/LeBron James/Chris Bosh troika."
According to the Herald, "Riley, hopeful but uncertain he can pull it off, has interest in Stoudemire and Boozer if Bosh balks."
The Herald also reported that both "James and Wade have spoken to Boozer in recent days, and Wade made clear he would welcome playing with Boozer, who's a close friend," and that while "Stoudemire's camp believes he is Miami's No. 2 power forward choice behind Bosh ... Boozer's camp was left with the impression that he is Miami's No. 2 power forward choice behind Bosh."
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Yahoo.com, meanwhile, quoted unidentified "sources" as saying that Boozer, Stoudemire and Atlanta free agent Joe Johnson all "have also discussed various scenarios with their fellow free agents."
As for the Orlando sign-and-trade possibility, CBSSports.com on Wednesday identified Boozer as being on Magic star Dwight Howard's "short list" of preferred offseason acquisitions.
The Magic's official team website addressed a potential Boozer-to-Orlando scenario earlier this week.
The Magic are over the NBA's team payroll salary cap, though, so obtaining Boozer would have to involve a sign-and-trade deal between Orlando and Utah.
Elsewhere, ESPN.com asked eight of its NBA reporters and bloggers to predict where Boozer will sign.
Four chose New Jersey, two New York, one Miami and one Chicago, but only one — John Hollinger — ventured to suggest his guess had a higher than 50 percent chance of actually happening.
Wrote Hollinger: "He's had eyes for the Heat for a long time, and the only thing that could thwart him is if Miami hits the LeBron-Bosh jackpot."
All four top contenders with cap space — Miami, Chicago, New Jersey and New York — supposedly plan to meet with Boozer.
Boozer has not yet ruled out the possibility of staying with the Jazz, who have said publicly that they want to keep him and that finding a way to do so is the top priority of their offseason.
Utah is expected to make an offer, and could do as early as sometime today, if it hasn't already.
The Jazz's chances of actually retaining Boozer, though, seem far-fetched for now.
He is not Utah's only unrestricted free agent.
New Jersey and San Antonio are among the teams expected to show interest in Kyle Korver, the Jazz's backup shooting guard and the NBA's record-setting 3-point shooter last season.
Jazz starting shooting guard Wesley Matthews and backup center Kyrylo Fesenko both are restricted free agents.
Posted June 04, 2011 - 10:33 PM
Bulls Could Explore Trading Carlos Boozer
Speculation that the Bulls will explore deals with Boozer & might be willing to package 28 &/or 30 to help. CHI alarmed by his lapses on d.
Posted June 05, 2011 - 06:55 AM
Pau Gasol is GONE
Posted June 05, 2011 - 07:14 AM
Posted June 05, 2011 - 10:24 AM
Posted June 05, 2011 - 11:20 AM
The problem the Bulls had with it, is that he was intended to be their #2 offensive option. that won't work. It hasn't worked anywhere Boozer has been. It's just not in his NBA dna. If the Bulls can secure a shooting / 2 guard to run alongside Rose (their most glaring need), they should retain Boozer.
Way too premature to trade Boozer.
Posted June 05, 2011 - 11:29 AM
Pau Gasol is GONE
Posted February 08, 2013 - 10:13 AM
Sources: Bulls & Raptors Considering Carlos Boozer-Andrea Bargnani Trade
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a deal that would swap the Bulls' Carlos Boozer for the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
Other players with smaller contracts would have to be added to the deal to make the salary-cap math work should talks indeed progress to a more serious level. But sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that both teams have considered the move.
From Chicago's perspective, sources said, Bargnani's arrival could help address its glaring lack of 3-point shooting and brighten the overall look of its payroll, given that the Italian forward makes $5 million less than Boozer this season.
Despite his well-chronicled defensive deficiencies, Bargnani would figure to be an effective pick-and-roll partner for Derrick Rose once the point guard makes his expected return from knee surgery after the All-Star break.
The biggest impediment to such a trade, sources said, is believed to be whether Toronto can realistically afford having both Rudy Gay and Boozer on its payroll beyond this season.
The Raptors, who acquired Gay from Memphis last week, have been openly shopping Bargnani, who resumed the most disappointing season of his career Wednesday night after missing 26 games with an elbow injury.
Although Toronto's desire to upgrade its front line is an open secret -- as confirmed by its long-running interest in trading for the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol before the forward's foot injury this week -- it's believed the luxury-tax implications of trading for Boozer ultimately could dissuade the Raptors from such a deal, even if Chicago proved willing.
Raptors president Bryan Colangelo told local reporters after the Gay trade that the team was prepared to stray into luxury-tax territory for the "right transaction." It remains to be seen whether a deal for Boozer qualifies.
It has long been assumed around the league that the Bulls might consider releasing Boozer through the NBA's one-time amnesty provision at season's end. But Boozer has tuned out such talk to be one of Chicago's most productive players this season, rallying from a so-so start to average 19.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in January.
Following the Bulls' 128-96 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday night, Boozer addressed handling the trade rumors.
"It's part of the game, man," he said. "Everybody been in that (situation). This is my 11th year. You can't worry about stuff that doesn't happen."
The NBA's annual trade deadline is Feb. 21, and the Raptors are known to be actively searching for a new home for Bargnani, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft but has gradually fallen out of favor with Raptors fans after Toronto's four consecutive seasons out of the playoffs.
The Raptors' list of potential trade partners is likely to be limited, however, because Bargnani -- on top of his on-court struggles this season -- has two years left on his contract after this one, valued at slightly more than $22 million totall.
Posted February 08, 2013 - 10:20 AM
Bulls Have No Plans To Amnesty Carlos Boozer In Offseason
By K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporter
8:52 p.m. CST, February 7, 2013
DENVER -- The Bulls and Raptors engaged in trade talks centered on Carlos Boozer and Andrea Bargnani over a week ago, according to two league sources.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the talks, which a source told the Tribune were initiated by the Bulls and initially dismissed because of the Raptors' desire to land the Lakers' Pau Gasol. Though talks are not currently active, a source said the Raptors know the trade is available and could expand to include Nate Robinson and John Lucas III. Another source suggested it's unlikely the Raptors would take on Boozer's contract, which has $9.1 million more than Bargnani's over the next two seasons.
The Raptors recently added Rudy Gay's long-term contract via trade.
Boozer makes $5 million more than Bargnani this season. Coach Tom Thibodeau long has been an advocate of Lucas III, who is playing sparingly for the Raptors.
Despite the talks, there are no plans to use the amnesty provision on Boozer this summer. Boozer is having a strong season, but shedding his salary could improve the Bulls' long-term financial picture.
Memory lane: Friday will mark just the second time Boozer has played in Utah since leaving the Jazz after six seasons as a free agent in the summer of 2010. Booed loudly every time he touched the ball on Feb. 9, 2011, Boozer posted 14 points and six rebounds in the Bulls' 91-86 victory.
That game famously turned out to be Jerry Sloan's last as Jazz coach. The Bulls didn't play in Utah during the lockout-shortened season.
"Lot of great memories," Boozer said. "We fell short (of a championship) but competed."
Coach's corner: Thibodeau and Nuggets coach George Karl flashed mutual respect for each other. Calling him "one of the great coaches in the league," Thibodeau said Karl's consistent success at multiple stops makes him special.
"I just love the way he is as a guy too," Thibodeau said. "What you see is what you get. He's true to himself. I think he's a great teacher."
Karl called the Bulls "maybe the most efficient team in the league" and chuckled when asked why it took so long for Thibodeau to land a head coaching job.
"You should ask personnel directors and general managers," he said. "Tom's the type of guy who personality-wise when you hang around him he's kind of boring and quiet. He's not flamboyant or has that clever personality.
"Tom's a basketball guy, a gym guy, an X and O guy, a film room guy. He doesn't have the celebrity personality that maybe draws attention to guys who makes those decisions."
Posted February 16, 2013 - 01:03 PM
Sources: Raptors Can Accept Carlos Boozer-Andrea Bargnani Deal Whenever They Choose
The Toronto Raptors were told last week that they can accept the Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III trade for Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson from the Chicago Bulls whenever they wanted it, according to league sources.
That deal could take the Bulls below the luxury-tax threshold.
The Bulls would like to avoid paying tax, especially if Derrick Rose is not able to play this season.
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