Some think he and his agent have backed themselves into a corner, and that a dry market might force them to reconsider boasts — first made by Boozer last December to a national ESPN.com reporter during a Jazz road stop at New Jersey — of a certain opt-out plan and an unquestioned pay raise.
Some, including ESPN.com's Chad Ford, don't even think the Pistons will make a run at Boozer.
And some have no clue what he might do.
"I think you've got to see which way the wind's blowing," O'Connor said when asked if the country's current economic plight — and its adverse impact on NBA dollars — might prompt Boozer to alter his previous proclamations.
"And I can't answer that question as far as what that does," the Jazz G.M. added. "Does the economy have something to do with everything in there? Look, I mean, we're all feeling differently than we did in November. ... That affects other teams, as well as ours."
One NBA agent was insistent last week that Boozer will opt out and sign with the Pistons, who — with once-favored destination Miami not having cap money to pursue him; Memphis and Oklahoma City, which do have money, apparently not interested at all; and New Jersey having lost a multi-team sign-and-trade chip after recently shipping Vince Carter to Orlando — have been identified by many as his likeliest, and now perhaps only serious, suitor.
But with no more than $19 million in team payroll salary cap room should center Kwame Brown not opt out of a contract worth $4 million next season, and even after it shaved nearly $1.8 million in salary by trading Amir Johnson and acquiring San Antonio's Fabricio Oberto last week, it remains to be seen if Detroit can both lure targeted Ben Gordon of Chicago and accommodate Boozer's arguably exorbitant supposed contract expectations.
"Here's what I am pretty sure about: The speculation that (current Pistons shooting guard) Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon can't coexist in the same backcourt is false," plugged-in Pistons beat writer Chris McKosky of The Detroit News blogged last Wednesday. "The Pistons won two championships with three great guards — (current Detroit GM) Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson and Isiah Thomas. So if Gordon is indeed a free agent target of the Pistons, and I believe he is, that does not mean the Pistons have to trade Hamilton.
"Here's something else I think I know: The Pistons will walk away from Carlos Boozer if he starts demanding $14 million, $15 million per year. You can't put that many eggs in such a fragile basket. And I am sure Dumars has let Boozer's people know that. Thus, maybe Boozer would be wise to take his option and play another year for $12.6 million. Because if the Pistons can't afford him this summer, nobody can.
"So what happens if Boozer is out of the mix? No telling right now," McKosky added. "I haven't gotten the sense that the Pistons are in love with (New York's) David Lee or any of the second-tier frontcourt guys available. I think they might go a little stronger at trying to convince Antonio McDyess to stay. I think maybe they would look into somebody like a Marcus Camby (available via trade from the Los Angeles Clippers) or hope that if Boozer goes back to Utah, they could make a play for Paul Millsap.
But, again, too many vagaries right now to know for sure."
All of which leaves O'Connor, among so many others, anxious to see what the next few days will bring.
He, remember, already has heard Boozer proclaim to local media on locker-cleanout day earlier this year just how much the power forward considers himself a franchise "cornerstone" and how "the ball is in (the Jazz's) court" as to whether or not he stays.
What went through O'Connor's mind when he heard that? "I would say it is up to us — after he makes his decision," the Jazz GM said. "I mean, that's the bottom line. He makes his decision; we'll kind of work from there."
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