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Utah Jazz: Boozer not headed to Dallas or South Africa

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  • Juane
    Sept. 4, 2009 6:54 p.m.

    Maybe some Euro team will take him? Ha ha ha that would be sweet!

  • Reality check
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    I wanted Boozer gone just as much as the next guy (er... girl), but it's time to suck it up and deal with the fact that he will more than likely, be starting the season with the Jazz. I'm not happy about it, but it it what it is. Fans at this point need to decide if it is worth it to boo Boozer... in effect, booing the entire team? I don't think so. Like many others, I think Boozer is bad for team chemistry... but booing him is not the answer... what on earth is that going to do for the rest of the team? The Jazz are a team that feed off the crowd at home, for better or worse, and I can't imagine that the results of 'Boozer booing' will be a positive one for the rest of the team. Time to put on our big kid pants people, and realize Booz may be here for the season (or part of it), and at this point, let's just hope he plays well.

  • Eddie....YEA...CHEERS
    Sept. 2, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    Boo the Looser Boozer off the floor. Fans take over.
    Its time to force the hand of JAZZ management. Boozer will give the fans something to get mad about on his first defensive fade. Now we have soemthing to get excited about...show up at the game to BOOOOOOOO the Looooooser. there is plenty of frustration out there to go around a couple of times...B000000 the Loooooooser. We can become famoous in the NBA for that...so take charge ticket holders...at player introduction time.

  • New season.... Oh My
    Sept. 2, 2009 11:39 a.m.

    same old tune. O Connor I suppose must be responsible for having us saddled again with Boozer Loser Snoozer on the bench. Come on Football, lets see some fresh stuff. Oh MY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • re: Not Sure
    Sept. 2, 2009 7:55 a.m.

    Don't get your panties all twisted up. Are you a little jelous about someone being complimented.

  • Not Sure
    Sept. 1, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    What did Chuck Nunn say that was so great? Not sure by his comment that he should be hired by Dnews? If he was so great I'm sure he be posting on the Dnews. He'd probably be at a newspaper.

  • Always a brides maid
    Sept. 1, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    The simple truth is Boozer is better than any player the Jazz could possibly hope to get in a trade. They'd be better off trading AK's huge salary for a guy who only has a year remaining on their existing deal, let the heartless Boozer play his last year in Utah and next offseason have some cap room for a big name free agent. Don't forget the Jazz have some good draft picks next year as well. Throw in a new coaching staff and who knows? We just might be the NBA's new LA Clippers!

  • Much-maligned O'Connor
    Sept. 1, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    He's not going to give up Boozer for no value in return, so let it play out. If Boozer's past track record with injuries is any indication, he'd be smart to give it all he has in the first part of the season to raise his value in the eyes of other GMs around the league and hopefully get a trade down before the trade deadline next year. He has no shot for a better contract right now -- it appears all the options have evaporated (no surprise). The Jazz are stuck with him until he proves his value in the eyes of the other teams, and until that happens you'd better believe that O'Connor is doing the smart thing now just sitting tight. Expect to see Boozer in a Jazz uniform to start the season, then the ball's in his hands to see if he can create any value for a trade after that. Right now he's suspect in everyone else's eyes but his own.

  • Z
    Sept. 1, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    Dynamite reporting here! Why even put this article in here? Thanks DN for another classic Jazz article.

  • RE: re Me, Myself and I
    Sept. 1, 2009 9:30 a.m.

    Thanks for the correction I hadn't followed anything since the failed trade of Chandler to the Thunder. However I think a the same trade with the Bobcats would be viable for both sides.

  • Buck
    Sept. 1, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    The Jazz made their decision when they signed Milsap. For that kind of money they should have let Portland have him. He's a backup player and whats more, playing starter mins, he'll break down and won't last.

    The committment has been made. Boozer is gone!!........Who ever gets him is gonna love you for it. This will go down as the biggest blunder in Jazz history!!

  • a
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    boozer will be great where ever he goes

  • Indy Mike
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    Please allow me to compliment all Jazz fans on this "Readers' Comments" column. I genuinely enjoy the different opinions on the various Jazz-related subjects, especially Boozer. I thank you all for my Jazz fix when there simply is little news to report. I have the NBA ticket and rarely miss a Jazz game. Simply put- the Jazz are MEN. No self-promoting, no standing over a opposing player, no pulling on the jersey, no 8 minute dancing as part of warm ups, no pointing up at God, no jawing,etc. Can anyone please elaborate on the Mark Jackson comment about how he was a negativer influence, or not a fit in Utah? I am not contesting the comment...I simply don't know. Thank-you!

  • Sittin in the rafters
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    Have you seen the "No More Booze in Utah" t-shirts? They are totally funny and spot on. The guys who made them were on Monson and Graham the other day talking about their website. I wonder where the Booze will end up next? Do you think Cleveland would take him back? LOL

  • Milt Hall
    Aug. 31, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    Miles...are you in 5th grade???

  • trueblue
    Aug. 31, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    Re;Jake
    That was sweet, I could not have said it better myself. Boozer is a good player however, there is so many other factors to consider when creating a championship caliber team. What are the positives and the negatives of keeping Boozer. I think the negatives out weigh the positives. See ya Boozer!

  • Miles
    Aug. 31, 2009 5:00 p.m.

    @Truth......CJ will even shock you when he shows up for training camp. The Jazz are going to the finals is Boozer stays healthy and Brewer can make a jump shot. I see it playing out this way:

    Boozer has his best year and is given a long-term contract to stay in Utah.

    Millsap is traded at the end of the season.

    Jazz win first and last championship.

  • Jazz Roster A Joke
    Aug. 31, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    True we had a couple players last year injured, but it happens every year with every team in the NBA. We just happen to be a team that can not afford injury to our point guard or we are in the tank. We are one of the worst teams in the league on defense, so we only win when we score alot of points. Our game plan just doesn't include scoring big. The time has past a long time ago for a new coach & GM. If you can't defend and the coach won't open the doors offensively how are you going to succeed? This coach should have drafted, traded for, or signed players for his system years ago! Karl,John and Horny would have been winners anywhere. Complete overhaul of this team & management is needed severely.

  • Jake
    Aug. 31, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    I think Boozer has a chance to go down as the #1 Power Forward in Jazz history.

    I also think chemistry is overrated.

    I also believe in global warming.

    I also think aliens will take over my city in the next 5 years.

    Nuf said!

  • todd to jazz roster is soft
    Aug. 31, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    You can settle for that, does not mean it had or has to be that way. Discussing this worthless though, months ago i predicted this secnario like many would happen-same roster. The Economy was not the reason, Dallas and San Antonio improved theyre rosters, even the Lakers, Kevin O Connor maybe is the worst GM in sports history...

  • Cecil Cox
    Aug. 31, 2009 4:00 p.m.

    Hey Max,

    Chuck Nunn is Ronnie Nunn's Brother. That's why he knows so much. Ronnie was an NBA referee for nineteen seasons and is currently the league's Director of Officials and host of Making the Call With Ronnie Nunn on NBA TV.

    Piece out brotha

  • Some of the best deals
    Aug. 31, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    are the ones that are not made. The Jazz, in my opinion, are being smart in not giving in and trading for a multiyear contract like a David Lee sign-and-trade, or the Chicago trade for Tyrus Thomas, who I don't feel would be equitable or a good fit in a trade for Boozer.

    I'm glad to see that a good share of fans are lightening up and seeing that we won't get equal trade in return for Boozer, and that having Boozer sit out the year in street clothes doesn't help anyone.

    My guess is, the Jazz retain Boozer this year, and it's just as well. Hate him or hate him, he's still an offensively talented player that will play his "heart" out, even if his heart is set on lining his coffers with money next year and years to come.

  • re Me Myself and I
    Aug. 31, 2009 2:48 p.m.

    New Orleans cannot trade T. Chandler, they already did. Chandler to Bobcats for Emeka Okafor.

  • The Jazz roster is soft
    Aug. 31, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    plus they are middle of the road team. Get off of KOC's case please. Utah is fortunate to have one major sports franchise. Boozer and the whole league were caught in the national economic downturn. This will hurt the league this year and for years to come. This economy is not coming back very soon. In all probability Utah will wait out the Boozer trade situation and suffer through another lackluster season with the usual Mehmet, Andre, Deron, Paul, etc., etc. injury scenarios. Please sit back and enjoy what we have....a local window to the NBA. I for one am glad we are not in Denver's shoes and have all the primadonas in the the NHL, MLB, NFL, and the NBA to read about in the local rags and on TV. I for one hope that Boozer stays and the Jazz have a better than average year...injury free....and as Karl Malone was famous for saying....."see what happen".

  • Don't Trust
    Aug. 31, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    anybody at ESPN. They don't report news, they create it.

  • The Truth
    Aug. 31, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    Let's hope the economy has a brighter forecast over the next couple of months and then if Booze is playing well instead of riding the pine with an injury, the Jazz might just get a decent offer. @ Miles, is CJ actually going to work on his game this summer and come in 15-20 pounds heavier and stronger? or is he just working on his NBA skills on a video game again??

  • rvalens2
    Aug. 31, 2009 1:27 p.m.

    Re: Max Cox

    I agree with you about Chuck Nunn. Most informed guy on these Jazz posts. Of course there is a reason for that.

    He's a newspaper reporter who follows the Jazz very closely. DesNews ought to consider hiring the guy.

    Peace out ... from a follower of the Jazz Oracle.

  • TBONE
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    BE REALISTIC SAID IT ALL.....YOUR RIGHT ON THE POINT SIR!

  • re be realistic
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    Much as I hate to admit it you are right on.
    We will see the best boozer we have seen this year, maybe even some D.
    What part of the Miller organization do you work for?

  • Me, Myself and I
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:40 p.m.

    They should work a deal with New Orleans where the Jazz would get Tyson Chandler. He addresses two of the Jazz' desperate needs, rebounding and defense in the paint. The Jazz would deal Boozer and a 2nd round pick in next years draft. For any skeptics out there who think tossing in the draft pick may be a bit too much consider how poorly the Jazz have drafted over the past 20 years...

  • Miles
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    You all think that Boozer is going to be a chemistry problem? It's not like he hasn't been here for 5 years now. AK is more of a chemistry problem than Boozer. You guys are putting way too much into Boozer being a cancer. Artest is the biggest cancer in the league and the Lakers didn't have a problem taking him. Didn't they win it all last year? Again Chemistry isn't all that is is cracked up to be in the NBA. That's what Jerry gets paid for.

  • SJ
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:33 p.m.

    The Mr. Mac store in Taylorsville has kept Boozer's jersey on the wall but they've turned it upside down.

  • Helpful
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:19 p.m.

    Jazz fans would probably buy him a one way ticket.

  • Be Realistic
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    No team in the league is willing to make a realistic proposal to bring in Boozer at this time. No team was willing to pay him what he wanted in a long-term deal before he opted in.

    Do you guys get it? He has 1 option. To play for Utah this year, and to play for his next contract.

    I'm not sure how you can think that isn't in the Jazz's best interest? If he's healthy and plays like the rest of the league has told him he needs to, the Jazz are a very good team. His value increases, and they either trade him at its height, or just let his figure fall off at year end. If he gets hurt, you Millsap lovers get your guy on the court anyways, and Boozer's value plumets even more.

    Win/win for the Jazz. At least with Boozer on the team we get to wait a year before we see what a terrible move it was to give Sap all that money. He is not a starter in the NBA.

  • Eddie
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Let's wait until the season starts and if Carlos doesn't give us what he is paid to do, we should boo him off the floor. Til then it's all just gossip.

  • casual fan
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:40 a.m.

    Face it, folks....He ain't going anywhere.

  • THEeyepatch
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    It's sure going to be embarrassing when Boozer runs out on the court in a Jazz uniform.

  • Boozer dreams
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    If Boozer would get off his can and laurels and self doubt and pity and injuries and Armani suits and be the pro-wonder that he really is...well I guess I should get off my dream cloud.

  • Chemisrty doesn't Matter???
    Aug. 31, 2009 11:04 a.m.

    Who said that??? I guess we won't take that dude sertiously.... he just let us know how smart he isn't.

    Go back to your play station man!

  • Max Cox
    Aug. 31, 2009 10:58 a.m.

    How do I read more comments from Chuck Nunn? Please tell me! This man has wonderful insight. I enjoy his comments more than the news-writers. Peace Out!

  • Chemistry Matters
    Aug. 31, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    Yes, chemistry IS important. Do you remember how bad it got with the Mark Jackson rebellion? Or the Arroyo uprising?

    A few eccentric types can be o.k. - if they're giving 100% (like Rodman did). But when you have bad blood in the locker room, when you have a guy playing just for his OWN stats...that can destroy a team.

    And we saw that at the end of last season. Jazz were playing pretty good until Boozer returned. Then there was so much emphasis on getting Carlos' game back, that passing just stopped. Ball went in to Carlos almost every play and resulted in way too many turnovers and terrible fadeaways.

  • Bramble
    Aug. 31, 2009 10:21 a.m.

    David Lee is the real deal.....he is everything we have needed inside. He doesn't have all the talent that a seasoned , four years at duke, boozer has, but he has all the hust;e and drive that a Harpring has and a whole lot better defensivley than Millsap or Boozer

  • Nelson
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:58 a.m.

    What they need to do is keep him on the roster, move him to the end of the bench and let him ride the pine until mid-season trade time. Let his stock slide and see what happens. Besides, he will find a way to get hurt maybe a sliver, or back spasms.


  • My guess is that ...
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    KOCs immediate concern is waiting on Matt Harpring to determine and announce whether he'll retire or not. KOC knows Boozer can wait until the trade deadline when other teams will be more willing to part with the quality of players a trade for Boozer deserves. The Jazz have 2 possible roster replacements for Matt coming into camp - Suton and the former Marquette shooting guard Wesley Matthews who played for them in the summer league. I bet we won't hear any more Jazz news until:
    1) Matt makes his announcement
    2) After training camp to see how Suton and Wesley Matthews work out
    3) The Jazz decide what they need more - a shooter or a big

  • HELP WANTED
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:26 a.m.

    PLEASE SOMEONE....TAKE THIS GUY FOR US! GET LOOZER OUT OF HERE ALREADY!

  • Chadders
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Who would they trade for him? I don't know who's contract matches up. The only player I would want from them is Terry but I don't think they'd be that stupid right?
    What would Dallas be thinking? Boozer+Memo= free layups for all.
    Boozer+irk=Everyone scores 120 points against Dallas.

  • John Wicks
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Trade KOC to the Celtics for Danny Ainge!!!

  • Miles
    Aug. 31, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    Chemistry? Maybe in High School or College basketball but not the Pros. In the NBA you are paid to do your job. If you don't do your job, you find yourself sitting on the end of the bench during the games. Chemistry plays a tiny tiny part of the NBA game. Dennis Rodman was horrible chemistry, somehow he won a few championships. I don't buy that Boozer is bad Chemistry. He has to be a model Citizen in a contract year.

  • Blauch
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:47 a.m.

    OConner is having a fantastic off season.

    If a company (Best Buy) is going out of business and you go there and the owner wants to charge full price for their product HD TV - you will say no. You are really only interested in doing business with them if you can take advantage of them. The Jazz are not going out of business, but they are 12 million the cap. All the teams are trying to take advantage of them, but the Jazz are standing up for themselves.

    Boozer is not in the Long Term Plans - Even if he plays the entire season for the Jazz (which he may) they are going to let him go this off season (The Jazz have 60 million guaranteed AK, Williams, Memo and Millsap 2010/11 season)

    He wanted an extension, but the Jazz said no and offered Millsap an extension. Off course they did. Boozer will be 29 years (4 years older) old and cost them 7 or 8 million a year more than Millsap. Millsap will most likely have a better year 2010. It really is a no brainer.

    OConner will trade Boozer for some cheap and good or keep him

  • Oh No
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    Now that Boozer is on the way out, what can Jazz Fans do to get rid of Sloan and O'Conner?

    Boy, what a mess!

  • It's about time
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    Finally, some more trade rumors about Boozer. It has been a while since we had something Jazz related to read about.

  • Re: Miles
    Aug. 31, 2009 8:03 a.m.

    Chemistry, man! Boozer is a cancer.

    If Boozer is here on opening day, oconner needs to be traded.

  • Enough Of This Boozer Crap
    Aug. 31, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    Bury this and any other rumors please! Myself as with most Jazz fans just don't care anymore. When he's gone-report it, until then quiet PLEASE!

  • Miles
    Aug. 31, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    What's the problem with having Boozer on the team this year? We will be better with him than without him. He is worth more to the Jazz by letting him walk at the end of the year. Kevin is smart not to trade him right now.

  • Pogeypetey
    Aug. 31, 2009 6:56 a.m.

    Just a friendly reminder. It's sign and trade deal, not sign and deal trade.

    Otherwise, a very good synopsis of the fiasco this summer.

  • Reality
    Aug. 31, 2009 6:55 a.m.

    Boozer will be in a Jazz uniform unless a team thinks that its a player away from the championship and decides to take him on as a rent-a-player. I can't see this happening until about the trading deadline. He'll just sulk on the bench or feign injury in the training room until then. When he comes out, he will be playing for a contract and be a monster.

  • Dixie Dan
    Aug. 31, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    Jazz fans accept the fact that Boozer will be in the opening day line-up when the season starts. What happened to all the big name free agents who were beating a path to play in Salt Lake City?

  • Chuck Nunn
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    Y'all have to cut J-Dog a break here. Offseason news can only be reported when it happens. August and September, Jazz writers have to really beat the bushes to get anything. But here's this from the Oracle; I've said it before and I'll say it again, as long as other teams want to low-ball, there won't be a Boozer trade.

    Pcace out from the Jazz Oracle!

  • jbra80
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    Man i need some real news on Boozer, this is beyond rediculous. I'm trying to be patient but it's hard. Maybe with football starting this week i can relax.

    And by the way...Calbert Cheaney is one of the worst shooting guards i can remember the jazz having. And they have had plenty of bad ones following Horny's retirement.

  • Don't make a deal with dallas
    Aug. 31, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    unless through a miracle we can drug Cuban into giving us Nowitzki for Snoozer. Unless that can happen why make a team that has already made themselves much better through trades and free agency even better. Why does OConnor still have a job he has done absolutely nothing too make the Jazz better this offseason. I guess with the Jazz mediocrity reigns supreme.