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Published: Tuesday, March 16 2010 12:09 a.m. MDT

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NGB

I do think we need boozer for a championship, we also need a couple of other tools as well. Korver is one of them, a pure shooter is always a necessity. Dwill does what he does, but it's memo and ak that need to step up to bring the championship home, memo has stepped up lately, but ak is doing that drive to the basket to get fouled thing and he is not finishing like he was when we were on fire and that is why he's not getting the ball as much, he needs to bring the pain with those strong finishes like he was before the back injury.

I think you all are discounting millsap tho, he needs a chance to play and he can be great. he's improved so much from last year and though he's in a rough patch, he continues to work against guys that are 3 to 4 inches taller than him. Boozer left cleveland for a shot and look what happened, i think millsap needs a shot too, double double machine when booz was out last year, he became the 2nd option and it worked out

NGB 2

So if we lose boozer and draft a decent back up to millsap, we might not be the best next year, but it would give us time to develop Fes and the newbie. Matthews will be better by then and hopefully CJ will pull his head out by then as well. With the new york pick, if we get someone that's good now like Wesley Johnson from 'Cuse or Greg Monroe from georgetown, that might motivate Williams to stay, that's my only issue with booz leaving is Williams is starting to get anxious about not winning and a lot of big market teams want him. He's more about winning not about the money, so I could see him walking if we don't get some players around him. next year is key, we lose ak at the end of the season unless he decides to take less money, so we need some young fresh talent that are already decent players, not any of the "great upside" players we've been getting lately. We need people like matthews that will step up and contribute now and get better as they go.

GoodGuyGary

The reality is, the Jazz won't be able to keep him unless they trade AK, DWill, Okur, or Millsap. Boozer is doing good, only in his contract year. I think we can get by without him. Many people think Brewer should not be traded, but the fact is, traing Brewer makes others better (Matthews, Korver, and AK). I bet if we let Boozer go, Okur, Millsap and AK will have more play time and will step up. Don't forget we will have a lottery pick as well. If I am running Jazz as a business, I will not resign Boozer.

Miles

How can you say the Williams is not winning? The Jazz have been as better than 90% of the teams out there. Leaving doesn't gaurantee that you will win a championship. Karl Malone left and did he get a ring? The Jazz are one of the winningest organizations in the NBA. True they don't have championship, but only one team wins every year. There are lots fo them who don't.

NGB

@miles, I understand that we win the regular season, but there have been talks of him wanting to go back to his home town, Dallas and play. You don't think they have a better team down there? they have similar pieces and with williams they could be amazing and they are willing to spend the money to be a championship contender plus it's a bigger market for him. He does win, but he got a taste early at the W.C.finals and the team has slid ever since. He wants to be with a team that can be a legit contender every year, like San Antonio or dallas. He could go to a team that would be willing to put the pieces around him or that have those pieces around him. He said it himself Miles, "that's why i only signed a 3 year deal" he wants to contend and I honestly feel like he's worried in the upcoming years that they wont compete

Random

I still think that a Millsap/AK combo at the 4 is going to be just as servicable as Boozer. Where the Jazz need quality is at the 3. I would love to see a sign and trade with Boozer for someone like Gerald Wallace or Corey Maggette. Although CJ shows flashes, his consistency isn't there (although I am loving the assists/steals/rebounds that he is putting on his stat line recently... He seems to be understanding more of full game), and he just seems too shoot far too often for my taste. I don't see Boozer as a fit for the Jazz long-term and agree that he is bringing it because of the contract year. A solid 3 and I think the Jazz are still in the hunt even without Boozer.

Anonymous

It is really very simple: Boozer has been outstanding when healthy. I guess a reasonable argument can be made that he is injury prone, but he plays hard and plays very well when he isn't hurt. Millsap had a great short stretch last year when Boozer was out, but otherwise has been pretty inconsistent. Collison in New Orleans had had a great short stretch. Should New Orleans trade Chris Paul, who may be injury prone, and just go with Collison? Same situation.

Sokol

Anyone who thinks that Milsap is better than Boozer is smoking some of that wacky weed?

jazzman72

The Jazz should do all they can to keep Boozer. Millsap, Okur and Miles are the odd men out. Trade them for cap space, and draft a good, defensive-minded center with the Knicks' pick. Let Korver and Price walk, and resign Matthews and Gaines.

Pass to Boozer

All I have to say is every player on the Jazz team are trained to pass the ball into Boozer! His team mates make him look darn good! Now where else is he going to go where his team mates buy into that role! Pass to Boozer so he can get the basket and the glory! Matthews is one of the few team mates that looks to the basket first because he is looking for his own glory!

akk

Let Boozer go. Find away to get a center that has size and defensive presence to back up Okur (I think Fez and Koufas can do it but not if Sloan won't play them). And get a scorer at the 2. Kirlinko and Okur can play the four behind Milsap. Kirlinko and Miles the 3. New player and Matthews the 2. Like Gaines more than Price but can keep both since we like to carry three point gaurds. Rather have Korver than Miles but we are stuck with Miles for another year. If we could keep Korver at lower price that would be great with me.

@NGB

If Deron is all about winning and not about money, why don't you explain to all of us why he signed a MAX contract? Didn't this MAX contract hinder the Jazz ability to sign better players? Doesn't the lack of good players DECREASE the chance of winning? Please explain your logic, because it seems to me that he is ALL ABOUT MONEY, not winning.

Miles

How many championships does Dallas have? Zero

Only four teams every year make it to the Conference Finals. It is not that easy to do. Dirk is not going to win a title. Dallas is no better than the Jazz most years. Williams is in a perfect system for him to play in. He isn't going to leave.

For all you CJ haters. Weren't you the ones that wanted the Jazz to sign Morris Peterson a few years ago to 8 million a year? Are you going to tell me Morris is better than CJ?

Anonymous

I don't get why Jazz fans think boozer only plays well in contract years. How about the 2 years before last season when he averaged 20-10 both years. Dude is a beast and plays his heart out when he's healthy. Utah is a top-5 NBA team with him, w/o him the Jazz are a 7-8 seed and will be one and done in the playoffs. Jazz need to build around the dynamic duo of Boozer and Williams!!!

re@ngb

Hello? Did you ever really think it wasn't about the money..
Sadly 97% of professional athletes are broke within 5 years of retiring.
And to think we sacrafice our hard earned money to watch these guy's?
And or pay the wealthy team owners.
Does anyone else wonder if all of us as fans are missing something supporting these players and elitest owners????
Tha greatest players in all sports were the ones who played before the money got outta hand.

Re:diehard

I will agree with you that Bosh could be the answer the Jazz are looking for and that he would more than likely thrive in Sloan's system, more so than Boozer. But I think the question is not whether the Jazz should do everything in their power to get him. I think the real question is would Bosh actually want to play here,considering that the top free agents aren't waiting in line to sing in Utah, I think Boozer is the best we can get.

Champs don't need a PF

The Jazz and many of it's fans are so set on having an All-Star PF to succeed yet don't realize how many Championship teams have won without one. How many All-Star PF did Chicago have? How many did the Lakers have? How many did Houston have?

It's not DWills max contract that is putting the crunch on payroll, it's AK's deal! AK is not a max player yet we are paying him 16mil when he's worth closer to half that! If AK reworked his deal so Booz could stay, that might work. But I believe we are better if we trade Booz for a Bogut and moved Okur to the 4 spot. If Booz doesn't get enough touches, his offense is not enough to overcome his liability on defense. At least Milsap and Okur contribute without scoring. I'd also like to get Maynor back and work a deal for Hansbrough...aka Harpring Jr!

Karl Malone's biggest offensive weapon was his 15 attempts from the FT. That's why Boozs' no-contact style will keep him a 20/10 player instead of 30/10!

louisiana jazz man

boz is highly entertaining to watch. no way i would gambel on him for a long tearm contract tho and thats what it will take. i think millsap will be fine. played great when boz was out last year and this year. dont know what the problem is some reason it dosent look like he is trying the reast of the time. dont belive he is very happy in utah for some reason,, maby he is trying to get traded.

re: Rick

Amare is better at every aspect of the game? What about rebounding? Amare averages 6 defensive rebounds a game, Boozer, 9. Boozer is sharing rebounds with AK, Okur, and Milsap. Who's Amare sharing rebounds with? Channing Fry? Please. Amare should be averaging 15 rebounds a game with the pace the Suns play. The Suns opponents take 9 more shots a game, yet Booze gets more boards.

Have you actually watched Amare play D? Boozer's D may not be great, but you can't argue it's worse than Amare's. Most of Amare's D comes from the weak side, which he wouldn't be able to do paired with AK (who lives for weak side D).

Amare relies too much on raw athleticism which will quickly fade as he gets older. Boozer actually has offensive moves and a jump shot.

How often do you see Amare actually PASS the ball once he touches it? Amare gets 1 assist per game. ONE! Once he gets the ball the rest of his team can assume their turn on offense is over. Boozer actually knows how to pass.

Both have injury history.

I'll take Boozer.

July 1st

The Jazz can only make an offer; Booz is good as gone July 1st. The only way he'd re-sign with the Jazz is if they are the higgest bidder.

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