MAITLAND, Fla. — There was talk Monday of supposed sign-and-trade discussions between Utah and New York, involving Jazz free-agent power forward Carlos Boozer and Knicks free-agent forward David Lee.
That, though, was before Phoenix free-agent big man Amare Stoudemire reportedly agreed to a five-year, max-money deal with New York.
Reported CBSSports.com, before the Stoudemire news broke: "A league source with knowledge of the market for Lee (said) Monday that the Knicks are engaged in discussions with Utah, Toronto, Houston, Golden State and Charlotte about a sign-and-trade arrangement involving Lee. This could be a key piece of the puzzle in the decision process for LeBron (James) or (Dwyane) Wade.
"Some of the Utah scenarios involve Carlos Boozer coming to New York, and some of the Toronto scenarios involve (Chris) Bosh. Both players are high on the lists of power forwards both LeBron and Wade want to encourage to team up with them."
The New York Post, meanwhile, reported that the New Jersey Nets "will look at Boozer and the Knicks' David Lee, probably in that order, as fallback power forwards" if they can't get Bosh.
Chicago also remains high on Boozer, and Miami hasn't been ruled out either.
WILLIAMS' WRIST: Word in Orlando on Monday was that Jazz point guard Deron Williams might not play in the upcoming FIBA World Championships because of the sprained wrist that bothered him last season.
A firm decision is expected later this month.
Meanwhile, Fanhouse.com reported Monday that Boozer — a two-time Olympian — won't be on the team that goes to Turkey.
KORVER, MATTHEWS UPDATES: Add Chicago to a long list of teams supposedly interested in Jazz unrestricted free agent Kyle Korver, one that supposedly already includes San Antonio, Miami, Cleveland New York and New Jersey.
San Antonio and Portland also have supposed interest in Jazz restricted free agent Wesley Matthews, and the Jazz apparently are waiting to see if any will make him an actual offer before committing to just how much they're willing to spend on re-signing him.
According to the Oregonian newspaper, the Trail Blazers "appear to be targeting free-agent guards, having contacted the representatives of Roger Mason, Matthews and Jordan Farmar, but one agent said the team appears 'discombobulated' without recently fired general manager Kevin Pritchard."
HE WROTE IT: The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson: "The Bulls' dream scenario is to add either Wade or James and an All-Star power forward like Bosh or Boozer. (Boozer), who also could sign with the Jazz or Nets, likely could be had for the roughly $13.4 million the Bulls would have after committing a maximum salary of $16.6 million to either Wade or James.
"This always has been the reality of free agency: The Bulls either can hit a home run by adding Wade or James along with Bosh or Boozer, or they can hit a single with a wide turn around first by signing, say, Boozer and adding a shooting guard like Korver or J.J. Redick."
AMUNDSON INTEREST: The Oregonian also reported that agent Mark Bartelstein "said the Blazers have also shown interest in two other clients: point guard Chris Quinn and forward Louis Amundson."
The Jazz also would interest in Amundson, who previously played one game for them, if Boozer doesn't return.
ALUMNI UPDATES: Yahoo.com reported the Los Angeles Lakers are asking ex-Jazz point guard Derek Fisher "to take a pay cut with one-year deal, perhaps from $5 million to $2.5 million," while the Los Angeles Times reported "Fisher wants a two-year, $10 million contract." … According to Yahoo, "once the Lakers finish Fisher's deal, league sources say general manager Mitch Kupchak will turn his attention to trying to sign" ex-Jazz swingman free agent Raja Bell to a biannual exception deal. … The New York Post reported the while Luke Ridnour and Raymond Felton are high on New York's point guard list "depending on price," the Knicks are also "interested in" ex-Jazz point Carlos Arroyo "for a lower price." … Arroyo previously has said he wants to return to Miami, and Bell has indicated a desire to play for the Heat as well.
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