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SALT LAKE CITY — It's not as if he is leftovers.

But it is clear that Carlos Boozer's future in the NBA probably will not be decided until the main courses of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are served.

The Jazz's unrestricted free agent power forward reportedly met with representatives of the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Thursday and again for breakfast on Friday morning.

He reportedly has already met with the Miami Heat as well and plans to meet over the weekend with the New Jersey Nets.

The New York Knicks appear now to be out of the picture.

And the Jazz themselves? They remain in the running but also — only if they cannot re-sign the two-time NBA All-Star themselves — could be interested in a possible sign-and-trade with the team of Boozer's choosing.

That especially includes Chicago and, until otherwise eliminated, the Orlando Magic.

Everything Boozer-related, though, evidently is on hold until James, Wade and especially Bosh decide what they're going to do.

Reported the Chicago Tribune: "If the Bulls can't convince Bosh to come on board, sources said the Bulls' Thursday sit-down with Carlos Boozer were 'very promising.'

"Boozer — the Jazz's leading scorer and rebounder last season — met with team reps at the United Center in Chicago," according to the newspaper.

ESPN .com, which earlier this week incorrectly reported that Boozer had met with Jazz officials in south Florida, reported Friday's follow-up breakfast meeting.

James already has met with New Jersey, New York, Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to meet with Chicago and his own Cleveland Cavaliers today.

He's not expected to join the Clippers, but the Nets, Knicks, Heat, Bulls and Cavs have not been ruled out.

Wade was thought by many to be staying in Miami, and since even before the opening late Wednesday night of the NBA's 2010 summer free-agency negotiating period, he has been trying to lure some combination of James, Bosh, Boozer or Amare Stoudemire to the Heat.

He's been flirting, though, with both New York and especially Chicago.

Stoudemire is being wooed hardest by New York, and according to ESPN.com was "moving closer" Friday to agreement on a five-year, $100 million offer from the Knicks.

He's almost certainly headed out of Phoenix.

Bosh remains in the mix for Chicago, Miami and New Jersey but apparently is waiting to see what James and Wade will do.

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He's apparently the higher priority for those three teams over Boozer, though, so Boozer may have to wait until Bosh's plans become clearer — or, in a much less-likely scenario, choose beforehand to re-sign with Utah.

A wildcard in the mix, at least as far as Boozer perhaps should be concerned? That would be New York All-Star forward David Lee.

He's been meeting with some of the same teams as Boozer and could be the choice for one or more of them ahead of Boozer. But Lee also is visiting with Minnesota, which is not at all in play for Boozer.

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