Posted on: January 5, 2010 12:24 pm
By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports : Concerned about a lackluster start that has left them in ninth place in the Western Conference and motivated not to pay a hefty luxury-tax bill for moderate success, the Utah Jazz appear willing to trade anyone on their roster but point guard Deron Williams, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Jazz have a payroll exceeding $77 million with five players making at least $9 million this season. Their dilemma: While they would like to shed some salary, they want to remain competitive enough to at least contend for a playoff berth.
Carlos Boozer, who is making $12.6 million in the final season of his contract, has attracted interest, but sources said the Jazz have yet to enter any substantive trade talks involving the forward. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has told management he’d prefer to keep Boozer for the season to help with the team’s playoff push, but ownership wants to avoid paying as much luxury tax as possible.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 3:28 pm
will start the 2009-10 NBA season at power forward for the Jazz.
It was news to Boozer.
"I feel like I'm the starter," the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. "I think I've earned that. That's the only role I've been in my whole career."
Boozer has started each game he's played in four of his five seasons with the Jazz, and started 129 of 156 in during his two years in Cleveland.
"I think it's great to have competition," said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. "You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we're competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter."
Boozer indicated he did not feel the fact he missed 45 games due to injury last season should be held against him in the season to come.
"Obviously me being hurt, that hurt us a little bit. I think if I was healthy we'd have a higher seed (than eighth in the Western Conference) in the playoffs," he said. "But, at the same time, maybe it does (have an impact on his status).
"You know, I can't control having knee surgery. I had to have it. I tried to avoid it, but I had to have it," added Boozer, who first sustained a quadriceps injury and later underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. "So if it affects me from that respect then that's (Sloan's) decision."
But Boozer did suggest he'd be open to yielding some of his minutes to Millsap, who in July signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that was matched by Utah.
"If we're winning, and everybody gets out there and has a chance to help us win, I'm happy with that," said Boozer, who averaged 32.3 minutes last season and 34.5 in 2007-08.Full Article
Posted on: June 9, 2009 10:33 am
The Deseret Morning News reports that Carlos Boozer recently indicated on a national cable TV program that he is undecided about whether he'll opt out of the final year of his Utah Jazz contract to enter the free agent market this summer, or if he'll stick around in Utah to play out the final year.
Boozer has until June 30 to make his decision. The final remaining season on his Jazz deal would pay him $12,657,233.
"I want to make the best decision we can, obviously," Boozer said. "Do my homework, do my due diligence and on June 30 I'll decide either to opt in or opt out."
"I mean, obviously, I put the ball in their court. You know, I told them I wanted to be there, and we'll see how they respond."
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:40 am
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that it appears Carlos Boozer will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Utah Jazz to play the free agency market.
Boozer's contract calls for him to earn $12.7 million for the 2009-10 season, but the story noted that Boozer is looking for a long-term deal. Jazz CEO Greg Miller reportedly told Boozer that the Jazz wants to keep him for next season, although the team has been working on the assumption that Boozer will leave.
It remains possible that Boozer would opt out of his contract only to sign a new long-term deal with the Jazz, similar to what Gilbert Arenas did with the Wizards in the summer of 2008.
Posted on: September 24, 2008 4:13 pm
According to Dessert Morning News, much of the opting-out talk has revolved around Carlos Boozer. He's been rumored to be headed to Miami, where he resides in the offseason.
He is also good friends with Heat owner Micky Arison. Boozer even fueled some talk about leaving the NBA for Europe with a comment he made while in China.
Williams tried his darnedest to convince Boozer to stay in Utah while they were teammates in Beijing this summer, but it's widely speculated that the power forward will test the free-agent waters next summer.
The Jazz could still re-sign him, but he would be an unrestricted free agent, and the price tag would probably be higher than his current $11.6 million salary.