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Utah Jazz: Miami may not be involved with Boozer trade talks, other rumors

Published: Friday, July 17 2009 12:04 p.m. MDT

A mid-day Friday update with the some of the latest Carlos Boozer trade rumors from around the Web — including the suggestion that Miami, widely rumored to be a potential destination for the Jazz's two-time All-Star power forward, is not even involved in swap talks with Utah:

From the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: "In a session limited to season-ticket holders and closed to the media, (Heat president Pat) Riley said he would not risk forfeiting next summer's cap space only to eventually lose out on the opportunity to pair a prime 2010 free agent alongside current Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

"What was made clear in Riley's private session was that the Heat's interest in re-acquiring forward Lamar Odom from the (Los Angeles) Lakers is legitimate, with numbers being discussed that would approach the current Lakers' free-agent offer that Odom has rejected, when accounting for Florida's lack of state income tax and other options regarding payments.

"Beyond that, the Heat has not entered talks about possibly acquiring forward Carlos Boozer from the Jazz, but is monitoring that situation, with no expectation of a quick resolution by the Jazz."

"In Thursday's speech, Riley said the team could acquire Odom, Boozer or both and still put itself in position to be a major player in 2010 free agency. . . . Riley told Thursday's private gathering that should Odom or Boozer be added this summer, the team still could add a top-tier free agent by 'shifting some stuff around.

"While it is a longshot, Odom could be fit into the Heat's mid-level exception and Udonis Haslem could be the linchpin of a Boozer deal.

Again, the odds are against either move, with the Lakers looking to keep Odom and the Jazz seeking to maximize their options in a Boozer deal."

From the Miami Herald: "The latest involves the somewhat — depending on who or what you read — possibility of Miami acquiring Boozer, a post-threat power forward from Utah, and Odom, a familiar and versatile forward who helped jump-start the latest era of Heat basketball in 2003-04.

"The easier portion of the proposal is to acquire Boozer from the Jazz. Boozer has said Jazz officials have informed him they plan on heading in a different direction, which includes trading him relatively soon. And given that the Jazz is desperate for financial flexibility in return instead of a specific type of player . . . it would take the expiring contracts of Haslem and Dorell Wright in exchange for Boozer.

"(On a side note, that trade would be something of a slap in the face to Haslem, because he always has considered himself the equal of Boozer but with far less scoring opportunities).

"At 27, Boozer still has a handful of quality years ahead of him, if you assume his injury history is as freakish as he claims and not some disconcerting pattern."

From the New York Post: "I've heard some fans wondering why would the New York Knicks want Boozer for one year.

Well, I imagine if Donnie Walsh pulled off a trade, the idea would be to eventually re-sign him.

"Think Donnie is well aware 2010 will be no breeze. The Knicks president has said a few times this summer how the (collective bargaining agreement) favors the team the free agent plays for. Cleveland can offer LeBron (James) six years. The Knicks can offer LeBron five years.

That sixth year is over $24M. And don't you think the Knicks are going to be used just as much in 2010 as they were with Grant Hill and Jason Kidd? Andre Miller is using them now. LeBron has used the Knicks for months, making sure the Cavaliers do the right thing, knowing NYC could be on the horizon.

"So Boozer, a low-post star, is insurance if they can't get anyone better. Boozer is better than (David) Lee. Boozer is an All-Star, a 20 and 12 guy whose been on winning teams in Utah. High maintenance? Sure. But better than anything they got."

From the New York Daily News: "Another possible destination for Boozer could be Chicago, especially if the Bulls are willing to trade guard Kirk Hinrich, whom coach Jerry Sloan is said to favor. A deal with the Knicks is possible but also complicated because (restricted free agent forward) Lee is a base-year compensation player. And although Utah likes Lee, the Jazz probably wouldn't come close to meeting his asking price. Utah also has the luxury of waiting until the trading deadline to move Boozer, who has one year left on his contract."

From the Chicago Tribune: "With most of the league fixated on Utah matching Portland's offer sheet to Paul Millsap, thus making Boozer eminently tradable, the (Chicago) Bulls were one of many teams that quietly worked out (Charlotte) power forward Sean May in Las Vegas. The workout proves that while the Bulls may be in rumors surrounding Boozer, they also are checking cheaper options to provide frontcourt depth that wouldn't disrupt their core."

From the Boston Globe: "Although the Jazz announced (Thursday) night they will match the $32 million offer sheet signed by Millsap from the Trail Blazers, they are also expected to trade Boozer, which would keep the interest in (Glen 'Big Baby') Davis alive."

Email: tbuckley@desnews.com

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