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  • unh
    June 8, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    We've all decided for you Boozer, we don't want you here anymore. BYE BYE

  • No way
    June 8, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    Boozer expects a pay raise? He should be giving the Jazz (and us season ticket holders) a refund.

  • Oh he'll be back
    June 8, 2009 5:11 p.m.

    He won't get more than $12mm from another team. He'll be back and probably does not produce sufficiently next year to get pay raise.

  • Chuckles55
    June 8, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    Boozer is NOT a superstar. He is an above average player who happened to have a great supporting cast these past two years. He seems to be quite fragile when it comes to injuries. I think that the Jazz could do better with someone else, especially after his announcement earlier that he planned to opt out of his 4th year. It appears that reality has set in that he may not be able to do better with another team, especially in a soft financial market, and I suspect that the Jazz are not revealing all of their cards in this give and take, as well. As for Karl and John, Boozer doesn't even come close to measuring up, where Derrin seems to be getting closer to a match for Stockton.

  • Hope
    June 8, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    he can play significantly more than half the games each season, if he stays here. He's so unhealthy I don't know why any team would be willing to take on a 12 million+ bench player. The Jazz have shown what that's amounted to. Give the money to Milsap, he "deserves" it....as much as anyone can deserve to make that much money.

  • ATL
    June 8, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    "And this is a good opportunity, in such an insecure economy, to secure myself financially doing something I love to do."--Carlos Boozer

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!--me

  • what?
    June 8, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    I didn't hear him mention that he's working on his defensive skills. At this point ANY DEFENSE would be an improvement out of Boozer.

    Offensive strategy of our opponents on any given night: Throw the ball to whomever Boozer is "guarding".

  • I think
    June 8, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    I think that the best plan for Boozer is to leaave Utah. It will improve the teams chemistry. Granted Utah needs another big man, but we need a big man that really wants to play and is not putting "money" first and foremost. The Jazz with Boozer as a "me first always," will not improve the team. I would rather finish even lower than the Jazz finished with a group of guys that leave it all on the floor every night, than someone who is injured at least a third of the time. In what other profession can a person miss a third of the time, get paid the same, and want more?

  • Workinglate
    June 8, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    My guess is that Boozer will opt out and play elsewhere. Boozer is about Boozer. Crack on Malone for not having a ring or two but to compare those 2 is unfair. Booz doesn't have Malone's mental or physical toughness (yes, I know, the Mailman didn't delivery in the Finals, blah, blah, blah) but at least he got their twice and I just don't see Boozer putting the team on his shoulders like Malone did and carrying them.

    Let's face it - those Finals Jazz teams were all about Stockton & Malone - decent supporting cast, but far better role players than stars. Same is true now - it's Deron's team, not Boozer's - he's the driving force behind the team. Boozer is there only 1/2 the time anyway - when they win, it's more due to DW playing well than Boozer's presence.

    End the drama - opt out and play with the Nets or the Heat.

  • stock2Malone
    June 8, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    Boozer is trying to make himself financially viable in this tough economy? What a joke! He's already milked the Jazz out of 55 million dollars. If that is not financially secure I don't know what is. He Carlos, try living on 25k a year and see how that is!!!!

    You are a loser Boozer....Get the hell of this team!!!

  • Money
    June 8, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Secure yourself financially??? $55 million over 5 years and you are still worried about financial security? If you need more money than that then you have more problems in your head than trying to figure out how to be a winner. Be careful when giving quotes that we normal people will read. We don't feel your $55 million poverty pains. Good grief.

  • Henry Drummond
    June 8, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    How many homes does this guy need? Salt Lake, Miami, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and now New Jersey?

  • Booooloserrrrr
    June 8, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    C'mon O'Connor....Sign Milsap to $8M....trade Boozer and AK47 for Gordon and Bosh! Throw in Brewer, Almond, Collins or Knight....but get it done!

  • It depends. . .
    June 8, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    . . . "on how they approach me." If I were the Jazz management, I'd simply say, "Carlos opt out now, go find out who's interested in paying you more than we have, and then you approach us with a number that it will take to keep you." Carlos has it backwards, as usual. And let's hope if I'm Jazz management I'm not stupid enough to enter the bidding war and raise the price -- he's a fraud as a basketball player and a human being.

  • Belgie
    June 8, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    Of course he hasn't decided yet if he wants to stay in Utah. He doesn't have all the offers in. It's obvious that he'll go wherever the money takes him. And, you can't really blame him. Most of us would do the same. The Jazz is a business, and the players are just their employees.

    The only thing we can fault Boozer for is his unwillingness to earn the money that he's already been paid.

    The single most important thing to recognize when recruiting talent for your organization is that the best predictor of future performance is past performance. With that in mind, there is no way Boozer rates $10+ million a year. But, there is bound to be some franchise desperate for talent that is willing to gamble and hope the he can stay healthy and focused.

  • Annie
    June 8, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    Oh, Blahdi-blah-blah! If he comes back and produces, EVERYbody will jump back on his bandwagon. If not, they will take great pride in booing him when he comes back to play against us. We (me included) are VERY fickle fans and have weak memories. But we are, nonetheless, neurotic Jazz fans. Love us or leave us and be done with it. We love you and expect the same from you (forgetting that this is a BIG business with BIG $$$$). Whoever plays for the Jazz, I will probably fall in love with and weep when they leave (Raja Bell [I have his shoes), etc.). Whatever happens, we are Jazz fans til the end (bring on the champagne so we can go out dancing). (Go ANYBODY but the Lakers/Kobe!!!!) (I know, he is a child of God, too.)

  • Let's be real here. . .
    June 8, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    . . . the Miller Group is all about entertainment. As long as their business focus satisfies the need to have a marketable NBA entertainment product on the Jazz basketball floor (meaning enough bodies in the seats to pay the freight), why even get involved in discussions about NBA championships in Utah? It just isn't going to be a reality. The ILLUSION, however, is what keeps the discussion interesting. It's the taste of the possibility, having twice made the Finals, but it's not reality to assume it will ever actually happen. Keep it all in perspective and you'll all be happier.

  • Selfish
    June 8, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    Let's face it, Boozer's number one goal is money. Bling Bling. Diamond earings, giant gold necklaces, fast cars, ten houses, everything a person needs to feel secure in this time of economic uncertainty. Everything else is a secondary consideration to this so man. Period. He can say what he wants about winning championships too, but he doesn't have the heart of one yet. O yeah, being happy is a choice Carlos, a state of mind.

  • Dave
    June 8, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    If Boozer really cared about winning he would opt out and take a pay cut. Obviously it is just better if he leaves since Sloan couldn't even keep him out of the starting lineup after he came back from his injury this year. If I was Milsap I know I would be pissed off and feel unappreciated putting up the numbers he did and then automatically losing the starting spot to a guy who had been out of the rotation for months

  • Sounds great!
    June 8, 2009 6:26 p.m.

    You bet! I think the Nets would love to pay Boozer to sit the bench. Boozer should go to the Nets...like it said in the story....He has a house there and feels comfortable there. Great fit for Boozer....just leave Utah....soon!

  • The only reason...
    June 8, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    Boozer has not opted out of his contract is he hasn't found another team willing to pay him one cent more than his contract with the Jazz will pay him next year.

    Please Carlos, take a pay cut and go to Chicago.

  • Who here would take a pay cut?
    June 8, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    Seriously, quit being a fan for a second and think. If you were in his shoes you would opt out and get the most money you can.

    Their NBA careers are very short in comparison to ours. Time to get rich while you can.

    I promise you D-Will is going to opt out of his contract in 3 years as well. Lets see who throws him under the bus as well.

  • Anonymous
    June 8, 2009 6:33 p.m.

    Wow.....the guy has already made many times more money than 90% of the population will make in their entire life time and he talks about "securing himself financially"? Just another example of pro athletes not having a grip on reality.

  • Karl
    June 8, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    Go to LA for a million just like Greedy Karl. Good night and good luck.

  • jp
    June 8, 2009 6:50 p.m.

    Boozer, the ball is in YOUR COURT, not ours. It's all on you.

    Bottom line, the Jazz can't keep Millsap AND Boozer...guess who stays? It's been real, Boozer!

  • jazzman
    June 8, 2009 6:58 p.m.

    boozer-you are average at best--poor d avg o fair rebounder--terrible role model--go away asap

  • Gone, Gone Gone!
    June 8, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    Boozer is gone thank god. But we have a few more that need to go namely A.K., Miles, Collins, Knight, Fess, Brewer or Korver(take your pick). I would sign Milsap only up to 8mil no more or you will have another A.K. on your hands. Remember how good A.K. played before the big contract, well don't repeat the same mistake. Sign Almond if he will stay and give him and Koufus some playing time for hell sakes. Then go out and get or try to sign Wallace of the Bobcats, Gordon of the Bulls, Crawford, Maggette, of the Warriors, make a trade with the nets if needed to get rid of Boozer, JUST DO SOMETING!

  • NYJazzFan
    June 8, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    Utah Jazz: Boozer says he hasn't decided to opt out of contract = "Utah Jazz: Boozer isn't getting the offers he fantasized about!"

  • no defense
    June 8, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    I hope boozer opts out. We need a big man who can defend. Boozer is a terrible defender. Chris bosh. Please!

  • Colorado Jazz Fan
    June 8, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    I don't care if Boozer goes somewhere else and regains his former dominance. I just don't want him on the team anymore. He is a wart and we can do better. WE need someone who is hungry for a ring, not somebody who is wishy washy about it. Bye Bye Boozer.

  • Take care of his family?
    June 8, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    Let's get real, Carlos. Your family is definitely taken care of in most respects. Private schools, top-dollar medical care, multiple homes, etc.

    How about helping the team that's paid you for 1/2 the work they expected to get from you?

    Jazz management, if they re-sign him (NO!), need to make his next contract performance-based to some extent...

  • Not worth the paycheck
    June 8, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    After $55 million over the last 5 years, Boozer has been paid far more than he has earned.

    He has the right to negotiate for as much money as anyone is foolish enough to pay. But, they better look at the amount of time he is unavailable due to injuries, his meager defensive contributions, and eagerness to jump ship for any good offer.

    Boozer rides only for the Boozer brand, and the Jazz need to make him a fair offer, and not waste $12 million for another year.

    Just add in that the salary is pro-rated per game, and any game his is not able to play in he does not get paid for. His family won't starve, unless he has totally blown $55 M.

    He needs to recognize that besides great talent, Stockton and Malone also had LOYALTY, at least until Karl's greedy agent lured him away in the final years.

  • This is posturing to see if
    June 8, 2009 8:51 p.m.

    Boozer's agent can get a offer out of the Jazz. If the Jazz are smart they will force Boozer to make a decision on opting. KOC needs to stay on vacation. In the mean time they need to sign Millsap to an extension if they can and then after Boozer's opt out date they can deal with him.

    As one GM said, Boozer would be crazy to opt out. Detroit has lots of options. How bad do they need Boozer? The can keep Wallace for another year or 2 and do just fine.

    Or the Jazz can rent Wallace or someone like him for a year or 2. The Jazz can also pick up a younger big who plays defense and play Okur, Millsap, Koufos and the new big in rotations. That will be as good or better than having Boozer 1/2 of the time. That also save a ton of money.

    The Jazz as currently constituted can't beat LA anyway so why not try something new? Surely the Jazz can win 50 games without Boozer if they get a good replacement.

    That will get them into the playoffs (same as usual).

  • Anonymous
    June 8, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    If you want to ski like the best, ski with the best. Boozer should find a team that inspires him to greatness. You can't be loyal just for the sake of being loyal. "This above all; to thy shelf be true."

  • Millsap will get
    June 8, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    a little more than the mid level exemption. He will get a lot of mid level exemption offers. He will have a lot of good options.

    The Jazz should see if they can cut a deal before he goes on the market.

    They can deal with Boozer later. If he opts, I do not see Detroit wanting him for 12+ mill on a multi year contract in a bad economy. If Boozer stays he is a good trade as an expiring contract or the Jazz have most of the year to work out a deal with him if they really want him.

    The Jazz should be in no hurry. In the worst case they lose Boozer for nothing but they get 12+ mill in cap relief.

    They can get another player (similar to Millsap) for 6 mill or less and have both Millsap and the new player. Both will improve and the combo will be better than Boozer. Better defense and eventually a very good offense. Also, probably better chemistry and fan support.

    The Jazz are in the drivers seat as long as they are not dumb and resign Boozer for too much.

  • Do us a favor
    June 8, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    Come on Carlos please explore your options and opt out. Do yourself and the people of Utah a favor and move on. Good luck but you have worn out your welcome in Utah.

  • Pale Bear
    June 8, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    Shouldn't that be "hall-of-famer Stockton and future hall-of-famer Malone"? Stock already made it.

    Speaking of John, didn't he bring in sandwiches and sit down with Larry and negotiate his contract himself? No agent, no bull. Didn't he settle for $8 mil so Karl could get paid more? John Stockton played because he really loved the game and loved to compete and he was loyal to the Jazz.

    This stolid, poker-faced man broke down when he said it was time to retire. And he never tried to come back. He just faded into the sunset and went back to normal life with his family, which is what he wanted all along--anonymity and a chance to spend time with his kids and wife. What an example.

  • Charles
    June 8, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    What tv show and channel was this interview on today?

  • Why?
    June 8, 2009 9:40 p.m.

    Why would anybody want to come back to this? You people are just awful. Be careful what you wish for because you are going to have the same mediocre team as last year.

  • Why?
    June 8, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    Why do you ask Why? Apparently you did not watch many of the games. Boozer contributed very little to the limited success we had this year. We could have been playing the big men and giving them some experience and exposure. Boozer deserves nothing more from the JAZZ. The fans want him gone. He is a pain to watch and that is what we pay the big money for.....GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBoozer somewhere else.

  • Fickle Fans
    June 8, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    Obviously Carlos needs to improve his defense, but where were all of you fickle fans when the Jazz were in the Western Conference Finals and Boozer was the MAN? He has been hurt, give the guy a break. I would love to see any of you perform like you expect these athletes to after an injury. The problem is that you don't have to prove it, you can just run your mouths on these boards and on sports talk shows. I am going to love to hear what all of you say when Carlos leaves and the Jazz have 30 wins next year.

  • Gretzky
    June 8, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    let Jersey or even Toronto deal with him. time to get Chris Bosh from Toronto....for Boozer and Kirilenko and Collins.

  • To Charles
    June 8, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    The interview was done by Jim Rome on the ESPN show "Jim Rome is Burning."

  • BP
    June 8, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Booz is a lot of things, but he's not someone to get rid of at all costs like some of you would have. Fickle Fans, you said it. Carlos can be a stud, and he'll look a whole lot better if we get a big man to sure up the middle defensively.

    I will concede that Booz and Memo should never play together as our only defensive post options, because their bad defense becomes amplified when they're together. But just imagine if we had somebody as good as Ostertag (not a very high bar, I think we'd all agree) to block some shots. All of a sudden we could be in the hunt. I believe Fezenko can achieve Ostertag status...I know that's saying a lot for some of you Big O Fans :-)

    Now imagine if we get a center like Dalembert, Pryzbyla, or another shot blocking center with some offensive skills too. Granted we'll have to give up a piece or two at some point if that happens, but I'm not sure Carlos is the piece to give up. Be careful what you wish for Jazz fans... OUT

  • Sllim
    June 9, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Give Boozer a break, he was injured

    I think we are all upset about this last season, it started off with such promise and ended very badly. But hey we made the playoffs in a very competitive western conference, the suns didnt even make the playoffs for crying out loud. I think one of the main reasons the Jazz didnt have more success was because of the back up point guard situation, brevin knight was horrible, absolutely horrible. The whole season I kept thinking, why isnt ronnie price playing instead? Whenever d-will would take the bench we would struggle because brevin knight can not score or distribute the ball. But we all saw the jazz last game against the lakers when sloan finally decided to put price in and he almost single handedly led us to a win with his hustle and tenacity.

    I say if price played as backup rather than knight, the jazz would have been a higher seed in the playoffs and would have made it to the second round at least. I also think its time for a new coach, sloan is getting too old, love the guy, but the jazz need something new

  • RE: Pale Bear
    June 9, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    Not that it really makes a difference but I think for Stockton, he should be refered to as Hall of Fame-elect (or something like that). He's in but he's not officially in until the induction.

    As for Boozer, I just don't care anymore. He has sucked the joy of basketball out of me.

  • matt
    June 9, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    we need a good 2 and 3. defense is overrated. trade ak for maggette and crawford, let korver walk, trade harpring for a backup power forward, resign memo to the tune of $11 mil (kaman's salary) and sign millsap (or boozer if he'd take $13 mil a year).

  • Searce
    June 9, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    All you who say Boozer is gone, need to consider that he has the option to opt out or not. If he finds that no other team will pay him more than the Jazz will pay him in 2009-10 per his contract, then he will not opt out. He will be on the Jazz team this coming season. In that scenario, the only options the Jazz have it to: 1. Play him, or 2. Trade him. There is one more option and that is a sign and trade, which would take a deal between the Jazz and another team as well as Boozer and his agent concurring to the deal. Those are the only options that I can see are available to the Jazz.

  • It's up to the Jazz? 5 words....
    June 9, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    Sign and Trade for BOSH!

  • GoodGuyGary
    June 9, 2009 1:53 a.m.

    "Contract Status is Up to Jazz"??? What? I thought it is him who can decide to opt out or not. Something I am missing??

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    If you think he would be happy in Detroit or New Jersey, fugget about it. And the thrid team being talked about, Toronto? Go ahead and consign yoursel to oblivion? Nah! Utah's his best shot.

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 7:40 a.m.

    I'm no the "rent a Wallace" bandwagon. Let Booz go, sign Milsap for 8M per, and see if we can convince Rasheed to come play for us for a year or two. NO ONE can tell me we'd lose as many road games with that guy on our team. Rasheed Wallace can help this team. I know, he's a headcase, but seriously, he'd help.
    I'd love the Bosh deal, but how realistic is that?
    Go Jazz

  • sum whan
    June 9, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    Sorry no gripes here only a recipe how to move forward.

    Boozer is a stud. Trade Okur anywhere you can. Buy Dwight Howards backup, he runs the floor and plays outstanding D, and the Magic said they are not going to be able to afford to keep him. Send Brewer packing as he proved he can't shoot against LA. Package him with Andrei and Korver and get Magette. If you do that then you can sign and trade Milsap who is a stud but not of Boozer status. Move CJ to 2 guard and bring on Fes and Coufous to learn. That frees up capital and allows you to stay under the cap.

  • Second Thought
    June 9, 2009 7:55 a.m.

    AH OH.
    Boozer has realized he's not worth $12.7 a year and now maybe opting out might be a bad idea considering any team that will take him will want to pay him less.

    I say the Jazz let him opt out and then offer a 5 year $6m deal so he can repay the team for the two and a half seasons he stole.

  • CORK
    June 9, 2009 7:56 a.m.

    I say keep Boozer, because he will have an outstanding year due to an expiring contract, and won't dare be hurt next year. Then drop his lazy no-defense butt!

  • nottyou
    June 9, 2009 7:58 a.m.

    There isn't enough crack on the planet to influence someone to take Boozer in trade for Bosh. That's just the way it is.

  • Re: Fickle Fans
    June 9, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    The ONLY reason the Jazz were in the Western Conf Finals two years ago was because Golden St. knocked off Dallas in the first round, NOT because of Boozer. In fact, I remember Boozer being the reason the Spurs spanked the Jazz in 5 primarily because Boozer sucked it up!

    Boozer, GO AWAY!!!!

  • Booz or no Booz
    June 9, 2009 8:23 a.m.

    It doesn't really matter whether Carlos Boozer is here or not next season because either way the Jazz will still have to get better defensively if they are to improve as a team and compete with the rest of the West. I think everyone would agree that Utah needs a defensive center. I think trying to get Gortat from the Magic is a decent move. He's certainly no Dwight Howard, but he appears to be able to hold his own under the basket on both ends of the floor.

  • Can Bosh Defend?
    June 9, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    I agree we need a big who can defend, but is Bosh that player? I love his attitute and offensive skills, but I really don't know if he's the "stopper in the middle" we need. Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to see him as a Jazz man, but I think we also need either Biedrins, Kaman, or Gortot(sp?) - a truely defensive-minded center! Any thoughts???

  • weak defender
    June 9, 2009 8:32 a.m.

    The Jazz underperform because of poor defense and unfortunately, Boozer is a big part of that. Part of being a superstar means learning to play defense. He's been in the league plenty long and still has no clue how to defend. Look at all the great championship teams...they all know how to defend. Even the stars like Lebron and Kobe learned that if they were going to be great, they had to play defense. The Jazz have actually gone backwards in their defensive ability, primarily due to Boozer. Let's hope the Jazz have enough sense to get rid of Boozer and resign Milsap who is an excellent defender.

  • Are You Kidding?
    June 9, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    You want to paid more than 12.7 million dollars/year for nursing one of your many "injuries" and sitting on the bench? I can not believe how disconnected this guy is from reality.

  • Re Good Guy Gary
    June 9, 2009 8:34 a.m.

    What the "GREEDY" one is saying is that if the Jazz offer him more money and 5 or 6 years he will bless us with his presence! I call his bluff if I'm the man. Let him opt out, then we will see who the real suckers are. This whole issue is sickening and is worn out. Move on Jazz. Also dump A.K, Collins, Knight, Miles, Fess, and Brewer. Don't over pay Milsap either or you may end up with another Boozer or A.K. on your hands. He is not the durable player everyone thinks when he has to play starter minutes. Give me the Milsap, D-Will, Korver, Koufus, Price, Harpring types and I and others will be happy because we will at least get effort and heart. There are real players to be had if this management tries. Lets see some effort in management too.

  • Boozer vs Mailman
    June 9, 2009 8:46 a.m.

    Both Mailman and Boozer were whiners. The BIG difference however is Malone produced year in and year out and people put up with all the hoo-haw. Boozer is injured then in a slump then injured then in a slump ......

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 9:10 a.m.

    Why are there so many Brewer haters? He's solid and he's getting better each year! Alright, he didn't shoot well during the playoffs but he shot a lot better this year than he has in previous seasons. He continues to improve and he will be one of our best players.

  • Not so fast
    June 9, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    The only thing that the Jazz can do is consider how much they are willing to pay Boozer or not. They should call his agent's bluff and see how much interest there really is from other teams before they just give him what he is asking for like they did with AK and Ostertag. They can probably beat any offer if they really want to.

    Just saying you're not interested in Boozer at all would be stupid. The Jazz just aren't going to get another player that will produce 20 points and 10 rebounds with 50+ FG% any time soon. Look at Dwight Howard drafted #1 overall and rightly so, but for all his size and athleticism he hasn't scored as much against the Lakers as Boozer did.

    The Jazz need to think long and hard about how much Boozer is really worth because of his history of missing so many games with injuries and weak defense. Personally, I think it would be worth risking maybe 13 million per season for another 4 years. If Detroit or some other team wants to pay him more than that then let them have him.

  • He
    June 9, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    Only play part time. Give him part time pay.

  • In Boozer's court, not Jazz's
    June 9, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    "Yeah," he said. "I mean, obviously, I put the ball in their court. You know, I told them I wanted to be there and we'll see how they respond, and how they approach me."

    Putting the ball in the Jazz's court is what WILL happen if you opt out. Until then, Carlos, it's in YOUR court. You are the one under contract. It's YOUR choice, not the Jazz's or anyone else's. Stop listening to your agent telling you every team wants you and think how much money you won't make in New Jersey, Detroit, and especially Miami.

    Detroit needs to fill several holes, not just the 4. They could use help at center, the bench needs a few replacements, etc. So all of that $20 mil from Iverson's expiring deal isn't going to one guy...

    NJ and Miami can only offer the mid-level unless they negotiate a trade with the Jazz.

    So unless you want to go to Memphis...

    With the behavior and statements he's made, expect the Jazz to let him walk.

  • Mid Summer Dreams
    June 9, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    Waking up in the morning on July 1, 2009 will be a day for joy and happiness. Booz has opted out and signed with a team in the Eastern Conference. Millsap as signed with the Jazz. Sloan retires, Hornacek is now head coach and Morris Almond is signed and named the 2 guard starter. Okur gets a new contract with Jazz and Korver decides to stay for another year.

  • Here is the solution
    June 9, 2009 9:45 a.m.

    I think the Jazz really need to make some changes. Since Williams is by far the best player, we should definitely keep him, but make some trades for some other key players. First, I would try to get Bosh for Boozer, and then trade Okur for Dwight Howard. It may take a little bit extra money, but I think we should trade AK for Lebron James, and trade Brewer for Dwayne Wade. If Jazz management would get off their butts and realize that, I think we would have a team that could have a good shot for the finals. Throw in Ronnie Price and Knight for Chris Paul to back up Williams at the point, and it would be a sure thing.

  • Big "D" Comment
    June 9, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    Memo, AK, Boozer, all three are soft, won't put a body on guys in the paint. A team can handle maybe one of these keys positions being soft but comeon, all three? I think this is a great opportunity for the Jazz to make some needed changes.

  • RE: Not so fast
    June 9, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    If you want to continue being a mediocre team losing in the first round go ahead and sign him again.

    The Jazz need to make some real moves to improve.

  • John Wicks
    June 9, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    I hope Boozer walks for it will free up some much needed money. Give some to Milsap and I say to resign Morris Almond because I still don't think he has been given a fair chance. Why athletes now days need agents puzzles me. They can't all be that stupid can they? I don't recall John Stockton ever having one!!

  • gh
    June 9, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    Spoiled, petulant 20-something, like half of that generation out there.

  • Chris Bosh dream
    June 9, 2009 10:27 a.m.

    CB will not come to a place so ingrateful as Utah. A place which booed Karl Malone upon his return? Moreover, he is NOT playing for Jerry Sloan, a coach who doesn't know how to manage superstars. Take it to the bank.

  • STEVE-O
    June 9, 2009 10:36 a.m.

    Anonymous 9:10

    Brewer's percentage only goes up because of all the dunks and layups he gets. I bet his percentage outside 10 feet is in the low 30% range. I'd like him to stay on the team but he just HAS to work on the shooting. We can't have 2 or 3 players on the court at any given moment that can't make shots. AK, Brewer, Knight. Can't shoot!

  • Re: Chris Bosh dream
    June 9, 2009 10:47 a.m.

    Between Chris Bosh and Marcin Gortat( no sliding of Gortat's merit is intended here), Jerry Sloan will pick Gortat, a white boy and scrub. That's his type of player. So all of you CB dreamers out there can really forget about it. You all live with a chimera in your collective brain.

  • todd from santa ana
    June 9, 2009 10:53 a.m.

    to chris bosh dream hee hee hee hee right o mate. Tell that to the "sloanaholics" maybe snagglepuss can come out of hibernation at Jellystone to shed light on this-a team for the 2010s O Connor, Johnson and Sloanie at least for one year, what a future...

  • byebye
    June 9, 2009 11:03 a.m.

    I hate to correct a couple of you on this, but Karl left only after John decided to retire... I know 95% of you can't think about some of those things logically and have selective memory on these things, but please try to get out of the obsessed arm chair fan mode and look at some of these things logically... But I do agree with the majority of the sentiment in wanting the greedy, hypocritical, lazy, cement-shoed panzy gone!

  • todd the perfect scenario
    June 9, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    In a Mary Poppins world the same 15 Jazz Players will be back in 2009-2010 that is what the organization would be happy with...Morris Almond is the biggest waste of talent anyone has drafted in likely the last 5 years. Sit Sit or play in the Bush Leagues. Disgusting... I feel a good, motivating coach would get so much more and we are going to lose a 2 time NCAA scoring champion. Comment: How much worse defense can he play than what is here now. ALso Kevin Kruger can drain shots all night. If Korver left, here is a cheap and would be grateful son of coach replacement living his dreams to be in the NBA. Yeah not great defensively. Set him some picks and if time to get his shot off unlimited range. With he and Almond on this roster now your attack improves beyong comprehension. Get Bosh in here, resign Milsap and now you can compete for glory.

    Will Jazz management do this?

    What do you think...

  • Nene
    June 9, 2009 11:17 a.m.

    Let Boozer go. He is lazy and useless.

  • Wassup
    June 9, 2009 11:18 a.m.

    $67M over 6 years and he's worried about economic stability during these tough economic times? What is this joker smoking? Him and AK are total busts for what they are getting paid. These professional athletes having their incomes guaranteed without performing is what is wrong with pro sports!

    Hit the road Jack!

  • Re: Can Bosh Defend
    June 9, 2009 11:18 a.m.

    Finally somebody with something besides space between his ears!!..... BOSH IS A "PERIMETER" ORIENTED PLAYER. CHRIS BOSH DOESN'T HELP US IN THE MIDDLE AT ALL.....And just to save you the trouble of looking it up, his FG% is far less than Boozer's and with only 45 3PT attempts last season for a 27% clip, he's no Memo either.......Get smart people!

    He looks good on the Rapps.....cuz he's all they've got.

  • my thoughts
    June 9, 2009 11:28 a.m.

    Boozer had the same injury as Garnett and it is not like Garnett instantly had surgery and was able to play again and that was in the playoffs.

    The Jazz have 2 choices - KEEP BOOZER or trade him for equal value - Toronto Boozer for Chris Bosh and let either Okur, Millsap or Korver (2 out of the 3 have to go). If Okur does not opt out, you have to let Millsap go

    OR Let Boozer go, Sign and trade him to a team under a cap Detroit - Kwame Brown and their 15th draft pick or sign and trade him for an expiring contract - Simmions, Naraje and the 11th Draft Pick - this would mean the Jazz would have to pay one year of Luxury Tax.

    Now I like Boozer better than most of you, but I think Millsap will become better than Boozer. And he is younger and cheaper.

  • Boozer
    June 9, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    Will go somewhere else and get his new coach fired because of the way he plays defense- I guarantee it! That is if he plays at all, he may just decide to ride the pine half the time, like he did here. He is a waste of a roster spot. Sure he's good when he's healthy but he can't stay healthy. Besides the Jazz had thier longest winning streak of the year while he was out shopping with the girls.

  • louisioana jazz man
    June 9, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    boozer needs gone if they have to pay him to go. not just because he is always hurt but his whole attitude. the main reason when he wasent playing all year he had the balls to say he was opting out. opting out of what he hadent earned what he got paid last year? if i dident show up to work half the time the last 5 years then said i wanted a raise they would tell me dont let the door knob hit you were the good lord split you.

  • Coach
    June 9, 2009 11:44 a.m.

    Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the jazz would have been better off buying a load of wood...boozer is a loser, he just doesn't know how to win!

  • louisiana jazz man
    June 9, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    trade boz to rthe d league. let him sit down there for a year

  • Boozer haters speak for
    June 9, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    themselves. We all know that they will denounce their ways once we miss the playoffs with millsap leading us. I call for all boozer haters to be lynched if we are a worse team without boozer.

  • my thoughts
    June 9, 2009 11:55 a.m.

    If I were the Jazz,

    The Jazz sign and trade Boozer (14 million) to NJ for Simmons (10 mil expiring 2010 contract), Najera 3.1 million and the 11th pick in the draft. Why would NJ do this - They get Boozer, Harris, Carter, and Lopez as their base - they are instantly relevant again. The Jazz get a draft pick.

    The Jazz can then trade Simmons to the Clippers for Camby, Ricky Davis and the 31 pick in the draft. The Clippers need minutes for Blake Griffen and the Clippers already have Kamen, Camby and Randolph. That gives the Jazz

    The Jazz should then let Okur walk - if he opts out. Simply because the Jazz need

    Camby, Koufas
    Millsap (When Millsap comes Out AK moves over to PF)
    AK (11th pick - Daye), Najera, Harpring, Darius Miles
    Brewer, Korver (not opting out), Miles, (20th pick- Henderson)
    Williams 31st pick (Mills or Lawson) which ever one drops out of first round.

    This also give the Jazz some flexibility to for 2010 when we will have a top 10 pick and Brewer will need a raise.

    One step backward - two steps forward.

  • Chadders
    June 9, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    Anyone that thinks Bosh wouldn't come here is an idiot. 1st it's not his choice he has a contract, 2nd even Donyell Marshall looked amazing when he played here so does anyone really think Bosh wouldn't put up at least 26 and 10, and 3rd he plays for Toronto!! At this point he'd accept being traded to Zombie Sonics!
    Ok I'll give it to you people Boozer has a higher shot % than Bosh but the diference is minimal and the Jazz are a TON better than the Raptors. So once Bosh plays here his shot % will go up cuz if other teams double and triple him that will get killed by Memo or D-Will or AK (6 or 7 times a year). The day we trade for Bosh is the day I start caring about what's happening in the NBA again.

  • my thoughts
    June 9, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    cont

    I would also take Kamen instead of Camby. This way we do not need to take on Darius Miles salary. Kamen best season 2008 he averaged 15pts 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 blks a games.

  • RE: RE: Not so fast
    June 9, 2009 12:03 p.m.

    I don't see how you can blame mediocre results and losing in the playoffs all on Boozer. The bigger problem is that when you play Boozer and Okur at the same time the interior defense just isn't going to be very strong. Sure Millsap tries hard but at the end of the day he's only 6'7". The Jazz could still use a real center who is tall and plays like it even if he can't score as much as Okur.

    Another problem is that Brewer, AK, and Knight didn't shoot well from outside so opposing teams just leave them open. At the same time you can't blame Sloan too much for playing Brewer over Korver when you need someone to guard Kobe and other athletic 2 guards.

    With multiple weaknesses to address, I don't see how getting rid of your #1 go-to scoring option will be any kind of improvement. The Jazz could easily pick in the lottery and try to sign high-priced free agents for 5 straight years and still not end up with someone who can score as well as Boozer already does.

  • Wow...
    June 9, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    There is no way Booz is wanting to stay here. Everything he says in this interview pretty much restates his original 'position'. He wants a raise, and will do what's best for him.... he's waiting for the Jazz to come to him??? Give me a break. IF Boozer was to stay in Utah, he has a looooooooooong way to go in smoothing things over with fans, and his most recent comments do anything BUT that. As someone else has already said, Boozer needs to think about what he says, and realize that 'average' people who make 'average' money are hearing/reading them, and he's certainly not doing anything to help himself when it comes to the fans.

  • B-Man
    June 9, 2009 12:26 p.m.

    Get him out of here

  • Boozer hater
    June 9, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    Selfishness. One big word that describes professional basketball anymore. I get so tired of hearing these athletes say what they are "worth." Millions to play a game. Dubbed as "heroes," the real heroes are struggling to make ends meet working real jobs, raising kids, and being responsible adults. If Boozer gets his millions, I sure hope it is not here. I just can't get over it. A heartless, defenseless, constantly hurt player jockeying himself for franchise player money. Come on Jazz front office! Two big money mistakes is enough (see Ostertag and A.K.). Bring Millsap back and let Boozer sit behind a bench in a suit worth more than my yearly salary somewhere else.

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 12:31 p.m.

    The jazz will keep boozer.
    This is about having a "fun and competitive" team, remember?

    The jazz's descent into mediocrity will speed up next year. Young talent will continue to rot and nothing will change.

  • blauch
    June 9, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    The Bosh Problem

    If the Jazz sign and Trade Boozer for Bosh - I think Toronto would really consider this. Bosh is leaving next off season and this would lock up a power forward for 6 years - most likely to NYC.

    Next year, Bosh, AK and Williams the have a combined salary of 46 million

    Bosh is a free agent 2010. For the Jazz to resign Bosh, it would be 6 year deal starting at 17 million and ending at 23 million. Bosh, AK and Williams salary would be 51 millon.

    2011 AK comes off your books.

    So basically if we did this - Okur is gone, Korver is gone, Millsap can be resigned for under 10 million a year. Because Management said they would pay one year of luxury tax - 2010 Harpring comes off the books

    2010 looks even bleaker Brewer comes off his rookie contract meaning he will be getting offers around 5 to 7 million a year and the Jazz have NYC first round pick. Bosh, Williams, AK and Millsap combined salary - 58 million - meaning the Jazz would have 12 million to fill out 8 spots.

  • blauch
    June 9, 2009 12:49 p.m.

    cont

    If the Jazz just did this trade with the knowledge that Bosh is gone in a year lets run for the championship - I am fine with that, but there is always cost.

    A team always need to make sure they can have 2 or 3 players who over achieve. The Jazz this season had Williams, Brewer, and Millsap all paid under 5 million a year. Denver has Anderson, JR Smith both being paid under 5 million. LA has Ariza who will need a raise. Orlando has Turk and Gorgot - both looking for raises.

  • jefe
    June 9, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    BOSH would be a great fit!!!! drop A.K., miles, knight, harpring, korver, fes. sign almond, pick up Camby, Magette, randolph.

    obviously we need height, defense and athletic shooters.

  • me
    June 9, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    I think we keep boozer only if we are going to get a defensive center. That will take the post pressure off of him and it will shore up our defense. Speaking of defense, it isn't just that he and the turk don't play defense, worse yet they set the example and tone for an entire team that doesn't play defense.

  • Thinking=Dangerous
    June 9, 2009 1:20 p.m.

    Anybody who knows what an "Efficiency Rating" is might be able to appreciate that boozer holds the 5th highest efficiency rating in the playoffs, ahead of players like D-Wade and Tim Duncan, and Paul Millsap, all of whom I am a bigger fan of than Booz.
    But T=D, what about his poor defense?
    Maybe NBA players are just difficult to guard. Who are the better options over Boozer? Bosh seems to be at the top of the wish list, but he couldn't lead his team to the playoffs in the EASTERN conference and we still think he might be too much to ask for.
    The current mindset of the Jazz fan comes off as that being given the choice between a team of prima donnas that perennially makes playoff runs, and a team of blue-collar protagonists who always fall just short of greatness, we would choose to identify with the latter.
    At least we can still pity the clipper fans.
    Good luck, Blake.

  • Boozer is a loser
    June 9, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    Even my 5 year old knows that

  • RE: RE: RE: Not so fast
    June 9, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    That's the problem with the Jazz, and I don't know if it's Jerry's fault or management, it's that mentality of maintaining meritocracy and not going out and making a meaningful moves that will actually make a difference.

    Look at what Lebron did with the Cavs. Without him they aren't even a playoff team.

    Signing Boozer would only continue this vicious cycle of bad decisions.

  • Carlos, do you like SLC?
    June 9, 2009 1:47 p.m.

    Notice, everytime Boozer is asked that question, he never directly answers is. Well, here in SLC, we don't like you Booz, don't let the door hit you on your way out. LEAVE!!!!!!!!

  • Fickle Fan Man
    June 9, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Are you crazy? Boozer was a disaster last year. His lack of interior defense kills the entire team. If we do not get a couple of capable seven foot defensive men, then nothing will help this team. The Lakers are winning because they have three quality big men. Say what you want about Kobe, they didn't get anywhere until they got Gasol.

    Boozer and second round pick for Bosh.
    AK said he would restructure to leave. AK for Shaq and a second round pick. Jazz select Tyler H in first round. Sign and trade Korver for Bell

  • bobaloo
    June 9, 2009 2:18 p.m.

    Boozer it is time for you to spread your wings and fly and leave this state. You already pulled a fast one on Cleveland. You haven't provided much here.

    BUH BYE

  • Why Read This?
    June 9, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    Why am I reading all this. No more reading about Boozer looser. He want more money? Does he really want to play? He didn't play much at Olympics with Mike K coach. Go back to Alaska and maybe some of those wildlife animals might watch you for NOTHING!

  • Odd!
    June 9, 2009 2:31 p.m.

    Don't care what Boozer wants to do. As long as the Jazz keep Korver it'll all work out! Korver is the best shooter on the team and there are no plays designed for him to get the ball. Odd !

  • STEVE-O
    June 9, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    RE: Blauch

    Good stuff. You're one of the few that has actually thought out this Bosh trade. I think the Jazz can make it happen because Miller did say he's willing to go into the luxury tax to keep Millsap.

    Bosh makes 3 million more than Boozer so is it possible for the Jazz to package CJ Miles or something to drop more payroll? Then in 2010 Harpring's 5 Million comes off the books. Korver's 5 million comes off the books either this year or next. AK becomes MAJOR trade bate for teams looking to dump salary cap at the end of 2011. So we could trade AK's moster salary at the beginning or middle of 2011 season. That way we keep Williams, Millsap, Bosh, Okur, at about $50 million and sign some roll players to play around them with the extra 18-20 million. What do you think?

  • Boozer-Boozer-Boozer
    June 9, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    I'm sick of it. Just opt out Carlos because the Jazz are not going to pay you more and a long term contract! If I could find someone to bet with I am betting he is just hoping someone will get silly and sign him long term for more than he's making now and that he will sign with Miami for less than he is making now. Any takers? Just watch!

  • re: My thoughts
    June 9, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    Acquiring Najera, Simmons, and the 11th pick isn't going to solve anything immediately. Neither player fits our system, and both are already on the downside of their careers as decent role-players.

    Letting Millsap and Okur walk isn't smart either. Camby and Davis are older and nearing the end of their careers. Both left teams that improved in their absence dramatically (Nene looked much better as a full-time center in Denver, while Miami improved with rookie and 2nd-3rd year guys taking Davis' minutes). The Jazz would be smart to work on shoring up their outside shooting and getting someone like Martin Gorcat to back up Okur so the defense improves in the 2nd unit.

  • Did he just say..........
    June 9, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    " I would be a huge piece of us having the chance to win a championship........and Deron Williams is a stud ball player" wow! You will never be HALF the player D-Will is.... you shouldn't even mention your name in the same sentence as his...

    PLEASE GET RID OF BOOOOOOOOOOZZER

  • Blauch
    June 9, 2009 3:26 p.m.

    If the Jazz trade for Bosh - Okur is gone. Even if the Jazz are going to pay the Luxury tax next season they aren't paying 10 million over the cap. With AK, Williams, Bosh, Okur, Millsap, you are looking at 65 million dollars. Harpring is guaranteed 6.5 million 72 Million. Even if we combined Miles in the Boozer trade and Korver opts out (5mil) we still have to fill out a 12 man roster - 80 million. That is 10 million over the cap which means the Jazz will have to pay 10 million in taxes and they loose out of about 4 million from other teams.

    As far as trading AK in 2010 - He might be easy to trade, but the Jazz would have to take salaries equal to his salary of players for a longer period. The Jazz would get good players, but it 17 million dollars of good players Only teams trying to get out of their contracts would trade for AK. Actually, I like AK as a player (over paid yes, but not utilized correctly. Look how Orlando uses Turkoglu, they set picks for him every play. The Jazz never set AK a pick

  • Blauch
    June 9, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    If the Jazz are going to build around AK, Williams, Bosh, and Millsap. They need to start by trading players for cheaper role players. For example Trade Brewer for Courtney Lee. Brewer is a better defender, better around the basket and overall a better player, but Lee is a better shooter, and he has 3 more years on his rookie salary.

    2010 Brewer is going to get around 5 to 7 million and the Jazz can't match that if they build around the big three you have to make these moves

    Trade Okur to Detroit (who is way under the cap) for a first round pick and Kwame Brown (4 million) Since Okur will make 9 million a year that only eats into 4 million of Detroit cap so they can sign a couple other players.

    Kwame comes off the books is a solid rebounder and the first round pick solid and cheap for 4 years.

    Jazz Lineup

    Williams, Price
    Lee, Miles,
    AK, Harpring (Daye - Deroits pick)
    Millsap, (20th pick Hansbrough)
    Bosh, Brown, Koufas, Fess

  • 30seconds...GO!
    June 9, 2009 3:57 p.m.

    I do not think korver, okur or boozer will opt out. I see milsap gettin a large offer, and the Jazz will match it. But Boozer will be traded...I just don't see how he couldn't. I think the jazz will part ways with boozer and AK this season, purely on financial reasons and won't get anything in return for them, but will end up with some extra cash in return. This off-season is looking pretty bleak, and I think the jazz may be doing very little this summer, except keeping the team together.

    Hopefully we can get Tyler hansborough in the draft, he wouold bring a spark and a toughness to a team that desperately needs it. I would like to see us keep the team together for one more, hopefully, healthy season, and if no championship comes, than tear it down...but lets wait one more year before dismantaling and reconfiguring.

  • Re: Bosh
    June 9, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    The National Post quoted one Eastern Conference source who has scouted Bosh extensively as saying Bosh "wasn't going to get any better." The numbers support that assertion. His points, rebounds, and assist numbers have plateaued over the last four seasons. So the question remains: Can you build a championship-caliber team around Bosh when he commands 30% of the salary cap? It's possible, but very, very unlikely. It's tough to tell a team that's only two seasons removed from a 47-win campaign to "blow it up" and rebuild, but that's what I would do. Chris Bosh is a very good player, but hes never going to be the leader on a true contender

  • Richie
    June 9, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    All Jazz Management has to do is publically tell boozer/loser that he comes off the bench hehind Millsap and a draftee. His ego will help him move out of town.

  • Crown Doc
    June 9, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    Please take that wonderful smile to Detroit.

  • Re whbo here would take a pay cu
    June 9, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    It is not the raise of salary that has Jazz fans bothered. It is how arogant Boozer said it. "I'm gonna get a pay raise one way or the other". Does this sound like a guy you would "give" a pay raise to? Just an idea. Work out all summer with a great defensive player and get better defensively. Then those remarks might just be justified. Even an idiot sees this.

  • leedawg
    June 9, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    If the Jazz lose Boozer, they will end up losing Williams in a couple years also. When he's healthy, hes a great player. I do want to keep Milsap. Okur needs to go. They should trade both him and Kirilenko and get some other players that would contribute.

  • re: re: My thoughts
    June 9, 2009 5:14 p.m.


    The reason you make the Boozer for Simmions, Najera and a first round draft pick is so you can keep Millsap. That is the whole point. Simmons only has one year on his contract so you can trade it fairly easy (I said trade it for Kamen or Camby). Najera was only in for salary reason. How about Chris Douglas Roberts. So you are getting AK, Williams, Millsap and Kamen/Camby, Brewer as your starting 5. Kamen/Camby, Millsap and AK all averages over 1 block a game. Then you have the 11 and the 20 pick in this draft. You could draft Daye, Clark, Henderson with the 11th pick - Small forward, and Either PF or Shooting guard with the 20th pick.

    Or you can keep Okur and just pay the Luxury tax one year - This works if you trade Simmons for Camby.

    Your alternatives are to keep Boozer and Let Millsap or Okur go. Or just let Boozer go for nothing.

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 5:57 p.m.

    i'm excited to see Boozer out! I expect to see something new though in replace of Boozer, not a power forward also, we already have Millsap in replace of Boozer.

  • No bid
    June 9, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    There simply will not be another circa $12mm bid for Boozer.

  • Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 7:02 p.m.

    Get rid of Boozer. He is not an asset to the team, just a hindrance.

  • tj
    June 9, 2009 9:29 p.m.


    I am 57 years old and have always loved and played basketball, but paying someone 12 million a year and him probably thinking it's not enough is exactly what's wrong with the NBA. Players getting payed that much is just as ridiculous as the over payed and over compensated Wall Street executives.

  • pdhitman
    June 10, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    trade booze plus (who ever on the jazz except for millsap and dwill) to bosh please!!!!

    and about AK... he has fat contract so it's hard for him to be traded. Anyway AK47 atleast play defense!!!!

  • Snooozer
    June 10, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    I would accept Boozer back if he plays 134 games for the Jazz without being paid. I know that he is not worth more than what he is being paid.

  • Apollo Sun
    June 10, 2009 6:21 a.m.

    If Boozer does opt out, and the Jazz don't re-sign him, then who should the Jazz bring in? I know there's been a lot of talk about a Chris Bosh, but that would require a sign-and-trade. I like that idea, but otherwise which free agents are there?

    What about allowing Millsap to start at PF, and with the cap space gained by releasing Boozer, the Jazz sign unrestricted free agent Shawn Marion. I know he's had some injury problems, but he could slot in at SF, DWill could bring out the best in the Matrix, and he would provide a shot blocking/defensive presence the Jazz so desperately need! What do you think?!?!??!

  • DONE!!!!
    June 10, 2009 10:04 a.m.

    I am done watching pro sports. $12M is not enough for eight players to bounce a ball? I have lost touch with the NBA and all other pro sports.

  • Trade Proposal
    June 10, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    I played 2 years at Sacramento State in college and played for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team a couple years in a row but never quite made the pro's. I grew up a big fan of Utah because of Karl Malone. I play power forward and am from Louisiana myself. I think the Jazz should trade Boozer and Kirilenko to Houston for Tracy McGrady and Carl Landry. This would improve Houston and it would give the Jazz an expiring contract in Tracy McGrady. Who knows, maybe T-Mac would even help the Jazz for a year in a 2 guard spot they need help from, yet if he does not work out, you get Landry in return and Kirilenko off the books. Houston is looking to deal McGrady anyway, so why not. I am not a McGrady fan, but financially it makes sense and you get a possible good year out of McGrady and you get Landry. Just sayin...

  • DW2RB
    June 10, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    Um, Apollo, the Jazz have a shotblocking SF already.

    His name is Andrei Kirilenko.

  • Banky Thailand
    June 11, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    I agree with Trade Proposal but the salary cap of both player are about 25 million dollar in next seasons. It is very crazy for Rocket to get it and they do not want PF because they have Scola.

  • What Booz wants
    June 11, 2009 5:23 a.m.

    @Millsap will get | 9:02 p.m. June 8, 2009

    I agree with all statements made in the above post. However, the other side of this is what Boozer wants. And he does get to pick whether he opts in or not.

    1. Get an offer from another club to match or exceed the current pay from the Jazz, so he can just opt out - NOT LIKELY

    2. Get the Jazz to do sign and trade - more likely but depends on other teams

    3. Barring any of the above, opt in the last year of contract and play like it's your contract year (remember AK, Millsap, Price?) - they all play better during the contract years

    The latter is really the last resort because (1) it's more work for Booz - he actually has to show up and compete; and (2) the Jazz can trade him to a team looking to free up some cap space willing to take on an expiring contract.

    So, Booz is right - mostly the ball is in Jazz' court on this one. And I agree with the post at 9:02 PM - no need to rush at all.

  • dismayed
    June 11, 2009 5:49 a.m.

    Get rid of Kirilenko! Then we can do whatever we want with Boozer's contract. That was the worst move ever!

  • Apollo Sun
    June 11, 2009 10:23 a.m.


    DW2RB | 3:23 p.m. June 10, 2009

    Um, Apollo, the Jazz have a shotblocking SF already.
    His name is Andrei Kirilenko.




    DW2RB
    No i'll think you'll find that overpaid, emotionally fragile stick figure: Andrei Kirilenko has not provided us with the shot-blocking SF that the Jazz are paying maximum salary for! Bring in Marion, and get rid of AK. Marion would provide more than just shot blocking. He would bring better shooting ability, a more focused head and the abilty to finish alley-oops from DWill!

  • Jazzman72
    June 11, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    The Jazz have taken the Okur/Boozer experiment as far as they can take it. It generally gave them 50 wins and a second round playoff exit. The year they made it to the Western Conference Finals was a bit deceiving. The Warriors beat an overhyped Dallas team, and the Jazz were able to capitalize on that. We saw against the Lakers this year the huge deficiency the Jazz have: "NO INSIDE DEFENSIVE PRESENCE". In Boozer's defense, it's hard to effectively guard other 4's and 5's when he's giving up three or four inches on them. Long term if the Jazz want to compete against the contenders, they need talented, true big men. Let's hope the Knicks stink it up next year so the Jazz can draft a great young PF/C in the 7 foot range. In the short term, let Boozer walk and sign Millsap for about $8 million. He will give similar offensive and rebounding stats, and some DEFENSE.

  • JazzFan :)
    June 11, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    I can't take the Jazz seriously if Boozer is on the team. He's such a joke.

  • STEVE-O
    June 11, 2009 5:04 p.m.

    Even if Boozer opts out and leaves by himself the Jazz are going to be paying luxury tax. Unless Korver or Okur opt out too and we get nothing for them.
    These numbers could be a bit off because I'm not able to look up the exact amounts but....

    DWILL- $15 Mil
    AK- $17 Mil
    Okur- $9 Mil
    Millsap $8 Mil (Detroit said it will offer 8-9
    million for him)
    CJ- $3 Mil
    Harp- $5 Mil
    Korver- $5 Mil
    Price- $1 Mil
    Fes- $1 Mil
    Koufus- $1 Mil
    Brewwer- $2 Mil

    Boozer GONE
    Collins GONE
    Knight GONE
    Almond GONE

    Thats $67 million already in contracts and that's only 11 players. So they'd have to pick up another 3-4 players. The Jazz are going to have to do some MAJOR wheeling and dealing to stay under the cap even if Boozer goes for NADA!

  • todd from santa ana
    June 11, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Hey Steve O everybody waiting for Real's latest loss coming up to my Galaxy hee hee hee hee Kreis great anyway Plan A Plan B With SLoanie and his "holics" trade AK because like oil and water cant work.... A new Coach AK can stay then get rid of Okur This will get us in right direction

  • DW
    June 13, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    I'd take a high school players defense over Boozers. Get him outta here!

  • Garythebozzerhatter
    June 23, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    Get rid of boozer if nothing else just to not hear him whine any more and to get someone that will play the way is always should have been playing. Also keep Brewer and millsap, get rid of AK,knight,harpring and play the centers that we have already and use them instead of leting them rought on the bench or in the "D" League