Utah Jazz: Boozer still keeping options open for next year


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  • todd from santa ana
    Dec. 24, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    Per Hoops Hype as I reported yesterday, The Heat are not interested in Boozer

  • Oh Yea
    Dec. 24, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    Booz has made it clear that Miami is a destination he would like. To turn the tables, why would Miami want him. I can't remember when Booz had a really good game against them. So doesn't this mean the players of Miami are now as good or better than booz with out the baggage, ego, and over inflated salery? I can't see why they would want him.

  • Should he stay or go?
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:51 p.m.

    I wouldn't mind having Boozer remain on the team, but if is traded can we have Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley?

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    So, I see that jamison is setting the market for fowards in the class with him and boozer. Arguably, the jazz have had as many injuries as the wizards,(maybe not), but theyve had to rework players into the lineup causing chemistry issues, yet the jazz have a much better record than the wizards.
    You can't really underestimate the value of being able to have a low post scorer, if boozer was on a team with another go to guy, he wouldn't be getting double teamed and he'd be awesome.
    wake up jazz fans,
    one of the reasons boozer struggles, is because teams pack it in against him, they don't even have to defend the perimeter against the jazz, just make sure boozer doesn't score, that could be different if he were on another team.

    he's going to get paid, i predict his value will start to rise.

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:39 a.m.

    Both jamison and boozer are quality fowards, jamison tweens the sf, pf, boozer the pf, c; but both are quality teammates and good locker room guys, both are leaders.
    Right now the value on boozer is low, part of it is his injury history, but if he puts together a full season, you can bet that those concerns won't be an issue. The other reasons boozer value is low aren't good reasons, (city loyalty? who cares), when hes playing he's playing hard, period, i consider that loyal. How about his questionable defense, compared to okur, boozer looks like a great defender, i'm starting to think boozer is first team defense after watching okur, while his defense isn't great, it doesn't kill a team like okur does.
    eventually, other teams will see things this way and his value will rise, by the end of the year, his value will be back to full, and he'll get a starting contract at 15 a year, at least, at least.
    just watch.

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 24, 2009 11:29 a.m.

    This is how you know boozer is going to get 15 mill a year, first off, teams are going to look past his injury history, they'll probably see it as most people do, he was preserving himself for his next big pay day, (at the expense of the jazz, especially last year), by sitting out with little injuries. Chances are, booz will give play though injuries in his next contract, i for one, believe he is sincere when he says he wants to win, i see he has made sacrifices for the jazz, and this is what sets the market on boozer.
    jamison is making 15 million a year, and many teams want him and his contract. I think boozer and jamison are about equal on their effictiveness, jamison has a wider variety of shots and is a quicker defender, while boozer can play with his back to the basket and can defend centers.
    Personally, I'd rather have boozer for 15 mil, because its more valuable having a guy who can play with his back to the basket.
    maybe teams are worried about his injury history, however, just watch him get paid this summer.

  • todd to 1234 am
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:55 a.m.

    Better idea, fire the coaching staff then maybe we can win with 9 or so of these players.

    No one ever sees the obvious.

    I guess your comments are "a waste of time to read"

  • Is anyone looking at the stats?
    Dec. 24, 2009 12:34 a.m.

    There are so many "experts" here who know so much about what Boozer thinks and wants, they even seem to know more than he does!

    This is the only place where "Boozer-Bashing" dominates. I hear announcers complementing his play at virtually every game. He brings home "double-double"'s almost every time he plays. On and on....

    The nay-sayers here seem to believe if we dump most of the players we now have and get some others, magic will happen, and we will be champions. Their lack of vision and knowledge of the game is striking! Just because you bring in new players does not mean they will automatically fit in and "save the team", as you seem to believe.

    When players leave the Jazz and go on to other teams, they usually do very well. I don't see them plying harder or anything like that; they were good players when they played for the Jazz as well. The trades happen for many reasons, and it should not be assumed that a trade only happens when a player is no good.

    The comments here are a waste of time to read.

  • JamesTPA
    Dec. 23, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    Boozer doesn't play hard, gets the benefit of only having half his minutes with Okur and doesn't have a clue when it comes to driving the basket. How you can't replace him is beyond me. I'd rather have a guy like Chris Bosh, Al Jefferson or even Troy Murphy before I allowed the matador into my line up. Boozer can't play consistently at a high level and cannot stay on the court most seasons. Get rid of the bum.

  • B.R.
    Dec. 23, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    Booze is no more than a 10 mil guy. He could be worth more but he's injured 1/3 of the time.

  • Bruce
    Dec. 23, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    OH booze he just polished up his resume thats all he wants max money and a team with a lot of studs so he dont have play his but off look at the dream team same gold metal but did he contribute really it was his own coach K he should had and advanage his offense is good nobody ever complains about that but he onlys plays on one end if he gets 25 pts and give up 26 weve lost and is he a closer ? I say you want more money and dont we all weres my trophy if I was the miller family thats what i tell him you look when he on the bench is he got is head in the game ?

  • CL
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:53 a.m.

    Boozer is good, even a lower level all star but he's not worth 15 to 18 million. He couldn't get more than the 12.7 or what ever he is getting now last summer.
    The Jazz will suffer if Booz leaves but that's life in the NBA. They'll just have to develope someone else. Fes could develope, Milsap will get better. Kosta could develope. Sometime young player don't get the chance to develope until injuries or something like this happen. Sloan won't play the young players as long as he has Booz, Okur, & Milsap.
    With the economy as bad as it is, Booz isn't going to get max money.
    Anyone heard anything more on the Bucks rumor?

  • RE:everyone who's commented
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    if you remember last year, then you'll know that the jazz won 12 consecutive games without the help of Carlos Boozer. He played no factor in their race for the playoffs last year.

  • risky
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:35 a.m.

    I did not know it was an 84 game seasom. I am surprised that all of the humorless commentors have not jumped all over you with all of the name-calling that we see here, so often.

  • jbra80
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    Sparks24: NBA season is 82 games know-it-all. Your math doesn't quite work.

  • Ryan
    Dec. 23, 2009 11:25 a.m.

    No way you let Boozer walk for nothing. If Jazz management know they will not resign him they will move him before the deadline. All the casual Jazz fans that don't understand the complex NBA rules need to give the Jazz management a break. They are doing a good job with what they have to work with!

  • re sparks24
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    That would be know, nothing about basketball?

    He isn't loyal.
    He isn't staying anyway.
    The Jazz can't afford anymore big contracts.
    If they are smart they will get something for him before they waste all that money they gave his injured fannie.
    If you want to know how good he really is just watch the game at Miami tonight!
    We will see the best Boozer ever tonight, mark my words.
    Die Hard

  • lk
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:17 a.m.

    With Boozer the Jazz are still going to have a first or second round playoff exit. Trade him while his value is high and get some pieces that will make a difference. This team CAN NOT WIN without a defensive presence in the starting line up. Sloan has already proven he has lost his marbles by pulling the one guy on the team who placed more emphasis on defense than scoring (Matthews). The Jazz were feeding everyone a load of garbage with the early season emphasis on this defensive scoring system that they established in order to increase defensive productivity. The guy leading the team in defensive stats gets rewarded by riding the pine. Way to go Jazz!

  • Cbizzle
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:14 a.m.

    Not a snowballs chance in you know where Boozer will be back next year. As far as being traded, if the Jazz get a good opportunity they'll take it, if they don't they won't. Why else dump 13mill? Boozer is good and the jazz won't trade him for nothing. What still makes me sick as a jazz fan is AK's contract. If anyone wants to complain about someones overpriced contract lets start with AK. What happened to him anyway? He used to do well, now he is just subpar. Makes me sick to think about.

  • DCH
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:14 a.m.

    Of course Boozer would be willing to re-sign with the Jazz! As long as they are willing to pay him the most money, he'll be here collecting a pay check. I'm sure his agent has him convinced that the reasons he didn't have any teams wanting him last summer are the poor economy & the fact that teams were saving up for 2010. The real reason why is because Boozer isn't worth a max contract and all the teams' GMs know it. He (and many other players banking on free agency this summer) is going to have an eye-opening experience when he sees the low-ball (in his mind) offers coming in.

  • To the Jazz
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:10 a.m.

    I have stopped watching the Jazz. The 20+ years of same ol' same ol' same ol' groundhog day seasons have become too much for me to stand. Booze is no different than any pro athlete. Ungrateful for the opportunity to make the money he does. I am done with pro sports, I would rather watch Ybu.

    Not to mention the NBA is becoming a groundhog day league. Lakers, Lakers, Lakers Lakers. Gee, I wonder who will win the NBA title? Oh yeah, the Lakers will. Fast forward to 2020 after same results for 2010-2019. Gee, I wonder who will win the NBA title? Oh yeah, the Lakers will. The only thing missing is the NBA adopting Sonny and Cher's song "I got you babe".

  • Miles
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:03 a.m.

    Everyone is forgetting that Boozer is hurt a lot of the time. Other team's are going to look at that number before paying out 15 million for this guy. When he is healthy, he is a great player. When he is hurt, he is out a long long time.

    Boozer may be begging the Jazz to take him for 10 million

  • Please keep Boozer
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:50 a.m.

    so the Jazz will be mediocre for another four years. Watching the Lakers own the Jazz for another four years will be too sweet.

  • sparks24
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:42 a.m.

    If Boozer leaves the Jazz are back to 42-42!!!!!! Period. You so called Jazz fans that think the Jazz are better off without Boozer have not watched the last 20 games and no nothing about basketball.

  • Why now
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    Wait until after the season to chatter, this only shows he doesn't care much about anything but Boozer!

  • Re Doug
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:29 a.m.

    I hope your right. First Booze then Sloan, what a day that will be, hopefully Brewer and Miles are on the same flight!

  • The Truth
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    If Booz couldn't even get 12 million last year, what makes you think he is going to get more than that with the salary cap going down again? Lebron yes, Bosh yes? Booz oh no. The Jazz probably think they have a shot at signing him next year if they want? I'd be surprised if Booz got traded.

  • scodyshootfight (KC)
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    Doug has it wrong. A consistent 20/10 doesn't mean anything. Boozer has proved it, and Elton Brand has proved it.

    Boozer is stupid for opening his mouth again and talking about making max money and playing with Superman or Wade. I got news for ya Booz; you aint gettin no max contract! I say the Jazz should either trade him now or punish him the rest of the season for opting in. If they benched him the rest of the year, he wouldn't get more than the mid-level in free agency.

  • Doug
    Dec. 23, 2009 9:06 a.m.

    If we trade or lose Boozer without replacing him with someone as effective then in effect we are going to keep Deron here playing only for money and not for a chance at a championship.

    Take away Boozers numbers this season and we lose 10 of our last 16 games. If I were Deron and if Boozer leaves then I am out the door and off to a contender rather than stay and feed Brewer so he can miss.

    I think when Boozer leaves that soon after Sloan will be out the door followed by Williams and then the entire makeup of the Jazz will change, but it all precipitates by Boozer leaving.

  • Greed, Greed, Greed
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    Just coming into the last season of a 68 thats 68 mil contract this turkey wants to amp up the market for his services. What a joke. Hopefully we can trade him somewhere where we can get a little return and put him on a losing team for the rest of his career. This me only and money attitude is what has put this country in the toilet. I'm sick of these twerps and the selfish mentalities. Just get out of here Booze!

  • cubmec
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:20 a.m.

    so long as Boozer is even thinking about playing for another location....he'll never give Utah 100%.....and he hasn't been giving 100% for a long time.

  • Doug
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    Jazzsmack and boo hoo are now thiking they are capable of dictating salaries in the NBA. Jazz S would have us dump our PF who is one of 2 PF's in the entire league/world that perform at a 20/10 level consistently. If the Jazz are in it to win then Boozer remains a piece of the puzzle.

    When the Jazz can talk about replacing Boozer with another person of equal or greater stats then boot Boozer out the door, til then grow up and recognize it is not a boys club but a basketball team/business.

    Too bad about Maynor, we should have pitched Price out the door and kept our young stud.

  • Jazz Cop
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    I bet boozer gets a contract starting at around 15 a year and ends at around 19, his numbers speak for themselves, and besides, he's a good team guy who wouldn't have a problem fitting in most places.

  • wallofvoodoo
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    If he ain't careful, he going to wind up with Europe as his only option.

    Dec. 23, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    Boozer ain't worth 18 million!

  • Jazzsmack
    Dec. 23, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    If the Jazz want to win a championship,

    (and it looks like they don't really care)

    they must get of rid the over-rated, i'm only in it for me, boozer.

    Boozer is an oh-no (olympian in name only)

    His college coach coached the team and even he hardly ever played boozer,

    that should tell you everything you need know about his game,

    (that and his lack of denfense and his showing he is all about the almightly dollar.)

  • Jazzsmack
    Dec. 22, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    If the Jazz want to win a championship,

    (and it looks like they don't really care)

    they must get of rid the over-rated, i'm only in it for me, boozer.

    Boozer is an oh-no (olympian in name only)

    His college coach coached the team and even he hardly ever played boozer,

    that should tell you everything you need know about his game,

    (that and his lack of denfense and his showing he is all about the almightly dollar.)

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 22, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    Oh man I would love to play on the same team as Dwight "Superman" as well, who wouldnt......... Then I could make a good living and not have to worry about much...