The caveat? Utah likely would have to stay in the NBA luxury-tax paying stratosphere — something they're trying to remove themselves from, as evidenced by Tuesday's trade — to keep Boozer, who is making $12.67 million in the final year of a six-season, $68 million deal.
"It could be (possible), if they wanted to spend it," Boozer said. "I think all the competitive teams that win championships are obviously all over the cap, and that's the reason why they win championships — because they have stud players.
"So, if they were willing to pay it, yeah.
"If they're not willing to pay it, then no. ... But, it's not my money to spend. It's theirs. It's not my team. It's theirs. You know, I play for the team. So, that's a decision they have to make."
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, for his part, has no issues with the way Boozer's handled himself in what potentially could be a quite-awkward season.
"Karl (Malone) was in some of those situations whenever he was here, and you just go play basketball," Sloan said. "Keep your value as high as you can by playing well."
Miami, meanwhile, isn't the only place Boozer would like to continue his career.
On Monday in Orlando, he told a Web site how "great" it would be to play with Magic center Dwight Howard, asking AOLFanhouse.com, "Who wouldn't want to play with Superman?" Boozer said he considers Howard a "brother," and spent Sunday — a Jazz off-day — hanging at Howard's house.
Orlando, though, is capped out — and likely would have to pull off a sign-and-trade to acquire Boozer or someone in his pay grade.
Any and all Boozer suitors, in fact, will have to keep payroll in mind.
Asked Tuesday if he'll be seeking max money — several million more per season than he's making now — Boozer didn't entirely refute the notion.
"I don't know," he said. "I let (agent) Rob (Pelinka) take care of all that. I just go out there and do what I do every night on the court, give it everything I have, and Rob will tell me what it is."
For now, Boozer is content to soak up a few days' worth of Miami sun — and chase a few more victories with the Jazz.
His return to Utah, after all, hasn't been nearly as problematic as some suspected it could have been.
"I think once you start playing, you start winning, I think everything from there will take care of itself," he said. "I think until then, it's just everybody has this thought in their mind, or perceived thoughts.
"And then when you see us out there working hard and playing and going at it, they succumb to you a little bit, they root for you again.
"So, feel like I'm having fun." he added. "And hopefully everybody can see that."
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