SALT LAKE CITY — Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer may yet get his wish to play for the Miami Heat.
But it could come with a price, according to a suggestion Wednesday in a Miami newspaper column.
According to the Herald item, an unidentified "official close to the Heat said Miami wants to pursue Carlos Boozer if it cannot get Chris Bosh (its top power forward choice), or, likely, Amare Stoudemire. Boozer would love to play here but would need to accept below his $15.8 million maximum first-year salary."
Boozer, a two-time NBA All-Star and the Jazz's top scorer and rebounder this season, will be an unrestricted free agent when the league's summer shopping market opens at the end of this month.
He makes his offseason home in the Miami area, has spoken about wanting to live there year-round and last summer — while still under contract with the Jazz — talked openly on Miami radio airwaves about the possibility of teaming with Heat star Dwyane Wade.