Are the Bulls vying for Carlos Boozer?


Yes they are…according to Rumor Press: “Look for the Chicago Bulls to make a strong push for Carlos Boozer. Reports have indicated the Bulls are interested in trading for the Utah Jazz power forward and there is a lot of truth to it. General Manager Gar Forman has already had discussions with the Jazz about sending Boozer to Chicago and talks could heat up even more in the coming weeks. The Bulls are looking to send Tyrus Thomas and most likely Jerome James to the Jazz for Boozer, the problem is the Jazz are talking to several other teams and may wait to find a better deal. Either way, the Bulls will at least make a strong effort at trying to get Boozer in Chicago.”

I would fully support the proposed Thomas/James-for-Boozer trade. It would be a low-risk, potentially high-reward gamble. Boozer doesn’t have Ty’s defensive chops, but he’s a proven inside scorer, which would address the Bulls’ most glaring need. He’s also a more consistent rebounder than Thomas. And, in a worst-case scenario, Boozer’s contract expires next summer. If he doesn’t work out, the Bulls can simply let his contract come off the books (clearing cap space for a major free agent signing) or use him in a sign-and-trade. I’d hate for the Bulls to lose T-Time’s defense, but I still believe the deal would be a net gain for Chicago.

That said, I don’t see it happening. As Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune points out, the Jazz have plenty of options (and no lack of interest) should they decide to send Boozer elsewhere. And, with more than $30 million worth of contracts set to expire next summer (including Boozer’s), they might also decide to take a luxury tax hit this season to ensure maximum financial flexibility next season. In other words, the Jazz are likely to either hold on to Boozer for one more season, or they’ll find a better deal than the Thomas/James combo.

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36 Responses to Are the Bulls vying for Carlos Boozer?

  1. julio July 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Finally the bulls are doing something right, but thomas? thats the last guy u want to trade, trade tim thomas and or gray he sucks anyways

  2. julio July 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    thomas is like a young marion, keep Thomas, he’s the only one with the nerve to dunk the ball and the only one who can anyways so keep him

    beegreezy July 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Am a huge Tyrus Thomas fan, but if this were to go down and the Bulls ONLY give up Tyrus and Jerome James, then I guess I could only feel good about it. I really do feel as if Thomas is coming into form, defensively, but Boozer is there and would be a huge acquisition for the Bulls. Would both love and hate this trade, should it happen.

  4. julio July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    finally the make some sense, but dont trade tyrus thomas

    AK Dave July 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Forget what you heard, here’s all you need to know about Boozer: he’s from Alaska. Sign him up!!


  6. Jake July 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    gar forman hasnt made any moves yet except for the pargo rumor and pargo isnt too good so we need Boozer. but id rather send joakim noah than TT. hes amazing

  7. Jordan July 7, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    you would rather send noah you bugin jake i like tyrus thomas i love his block shot abiltys but come on now noah hes got a better future than tyrus all noah needs is a post game and some more weight

  8. Victor July 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    I figure the Jazz would be looking for something like a good SG or true center for Boozer anyway since it looks like they want to keep Millsap.

  9. Larry July 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Tyrus Thomas does not play defense. Yes, he blocks shots every once in a while, but rotating correctly and playing physically down low is not something he does well. Thomas is way OVERRATED, fans didn’t want to trade him for Amare Stoudemire, are you kidding me? take what you can for this guy. Boozer isn’t much of a defender either, but his offensive game is polished, unlike TT.

    Kody hauch July 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm #

    send him Thomas for boozer he has showed up like he has needed to so i say send him

    Kody hauch July 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    hasnt showed up like hes needed to**

    Colin July 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Come on guys Tyrus will never be anything but an athlete. He can’t even defend man on man either, he blocks a couple weakside shots a game and gets noticed for it. I would LOVE to do that deal but like Victor said with the Jazz likely keeping Millsap I dont know why they would want a PF in return for Boozer.

  13. JJN July 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    no no no no no!!!!!!!!
    do not i repeat do not trade ty thomas im a big fan of his!
    we will not do good on defense how bout trade joakim instead of ty! much better….

  14. kurt July 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    Why trade for Boozer when you can get Stoudamire? I would rather take Millsap than Boozer. Nothing against Boozer, I just think he is injury prone like Deng. We don’t need two guys like that on the roster.

    Dan July 8, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    Tyrus is the best defender outside of Hinrich. He progressed so much this past season, and even played well in a few games in the playoffs before vinny started playin small ball. Tyrus can be a solid player if he keeps developing the way he has been. I know us Bulls fans have been waiting a long time for the baby bulls to mature, but with BG gone, we are going to have to wait a little bit longer. So we might as well see what happens with TT and not ship him off. There is a long list of guys that the Bulls have given up on that have made pretty decent careers. A little more time won’t hurt. We aren’t going anywhere this season anyways, so why give up TT for Boozer when it may not work out and then have no TT or Boozer after next year. Yes they will have more cap space, but Tyrus is a big part of the bulls.

    angel July 8, 2009 at 2:35 am #

    get iverson we can use him also grant hill

    Psuedohoax July 8, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    You guys are a riot!
    You DO realize Boozer averaged 20.6 and 13.2 against the Lakers front line in the playoffs, don’t you?
    For comparison, Dwight Howard averaged 20.3 and 15.3 in the playoffs.
    Thomas averaged 9.6 and 6.3 against the Celts without Garnet.
    Utah doesn’t make dumb trades like that. It’s just not their style.

    stev3n July 8, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    I like da trade, Finally Forman does something right other than “number one” priority to keep ben in BULLS (:S), but why Tyrus Thomas? dont Jerome James have the same salary as Ty and Tim? if bulls ttrade Ty dats another stupid move, and i mean another stupid Move!!!

  19. bhood July 8, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    bulls fans are dum i love tt but he play great weak side D. The bulls get destroy by big man every night 6,8 big baby killed us . keep noah becauses if he play he is a easy 10 pts 10 rebound guy with rose. puy tt 1 on 1 any good big man he get abuse .

    Ivo July 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    I say screw Boozer, put brad miller, ty thomas and tim thomas in a package and send them to Phoenix for AMARE STOUDAMIRE. Cannot believe they didnt get him a while ago, he is all they need. We have good backcourt, best pg to have played in Chicago in a long time, all we need is a post guy that people fear. No one fears carlos “alaska salmon” boozer

    Felipe Garcia July 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    I think the Bull should not even think about getting Carlos Boozer b-cuz he also gets injured in every season. They should try to focus on letting go of player that don’t do much for the team (like: a. gray) and sign a solid backup G to salmon like: J. Pargo, Gerald Green, Dahntay Jones, Rodney Carney, Desmond Mason, Ime Udoka or Anthony Parker to a 1 year deal and wait for the 2010 free-agents like Bosh or Stoudamire.

    Brandon July 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Are you kidding me? Honestly This is Ridiculous. Carlos Boozer is a great team player and scorer, injuries only set him back from developing any more. Hes a perfect fit for the Bulls where he would get lots of playing time and won’t complain because he’ll get the rack most of the time and then he’ll finish because of his dominant offensive game or pass it up because his offensive presence and find the open man. He will help the Bulls majorly with not much to give up and with all the major moves in the East i’ll keep the Bulls up to date in the race and be Top 5 in East. Plus Jerome James doesn’t matter, hes garbage and I’m tired of waiting till Tyrus Thomas develops his defensive game, Hes an defensive nightmare but we have so many great defenders and now that we lost Gordon, We need offense desperatly. Plus we are not giving back anything really in return. A lineup of Rose, Salmons, Deng, Boozer, and Noah sounds like its going past the first round of the playoffs to me.

    sonovagunz July 9, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    listen the bulls need to keep their players yep it was a questionable draft but safe leave boozer along he’s injury prone plus he can’t run with rose we need to go after Kamen tim, james,and miller while he still have some value gray has a lot of potential an a good low post game he just need time to play you don’t develop on the bench. leave bosch t. time got way more upside it took chris 6yrs to reach his peak and it won’t take tyrus or noah that long. its to players that could help the bulls that’s shaq hes taken and Kamen and can do big things

    MadMel July 9, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    Tyrus Thomas is a consumate 3 and will never be the 4 that we should have kept in Aldridge.

    That said we have Deng, Salmons, Tyrus, and James Johnson…

    Bye bye Tyrus you chump!

    sonovagunz July 9, 2009 at 12:29 am #

    listen the bulls need to keep their players yep it was a questionable draft but safe leave boozer along he’s injury prone plus he can’t run with rose we need to go after tim, james,and miller while he still have some value gray has a lot of potential an a good low post game he just need time to play you don’t develop on the bench. leave bosch. t.time got way more upside it took chris 6yrs to reach his peak and it won’t take tyrus or noah that long. its to players that could help the bulls that’s shaq hes taken and Kamen and the bulls can do big things

    Brian July 9, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    Here is a idea. The bulls are going nowhere with Kirk, Thomas or Noah. Those guys could be solid back ups in this league but are never going to lead the Bulls to a title. Why not try trading those 3 and free up some money by adding Tim Thomas, Johnson and who ever else they have on the team that sucks to the deal for Stoudamire and Bosh or Boozer and Bosh. If Deng can stay healthy he can play. I think people under estimate his mid range game and defense. Who else in the league can keep Lebron in check like Deng, but that is the question can he stay healthy for a entire season. Rose, Salmons, Deng, Boozer or Stoudamire and Bosh would look pretty good to me. I would mind seeing them free up some money by getting rid of Tim Thomas and James and going after Joe Johnson either.

    mario July 9, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    Man tyrus thomas is overrated get rid of him if we can get boozer all tyrus thomas is going to be another waste of talent becuase he doesnt listen

    sonovagunz July 9, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    the bulls are ok trade the savey vets for chris Kamen he got three more yrs on his contract and go after d wade in 2010 while keeping all the players we have now well definitely when or compete for #7

    Mike July 9, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    The Bulls hate Tyrus Thomas and would love to get rid of him. He has unbelievable potential and athleticism but they can’t stand him because he has no work ethic and lacks discipline. They will find some way to unload him and this sounds darn good to me.

  30. DJ_Fat Mack July 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    To all you TY haters, Why waste your time on BOOZER Loser, Did you forget he has that DUKE SYNDRONE (becomes a big bust or always stay hurt!) check the records, laetner, hurley, jay williams, grant hill, deng. Plus do you remember what Boozer pulled on cleveland. TY is just reaching his upside when drafted he only had one year of college with no offense ability and great athletism. He has added a jumper so it only up from there. and if he doesnt play defense why is he in the top 10 in blocks? weakside or not he’s doing it. When he blocked lebron wasnt weekside that was one on one. Give credit where credit is due. And this rookie coach is not helping either.

  31. bullsbedsheets July 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Listen, what the bulls have been missing for the past 5+ seasons is a low post scorer, no new news there, and tyrus thomas will never b that guy to get the bulls 20 and 10 like Boozer will. The Bulls should have pulled the trigger long ago to dump ty thomas for Amar’e to make up for even trading LaMarcus Aldridge for a tweener in the 3-4 position. Amar’e will b the better fit than Boozer simply because he is better and is a step quicker than Boozer.

    CHICAGO July 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Jazz are trying for a 3 way with Port and Chi to send Boozer to CHI and PG Heinrich to Blazers, maybe then we can trade boozer to Toronto for bosh

    singhin07 July 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m sick of hearing people talking about tyrus thomas like he’s something special with a lot of upside. The man has done nothing in his career thus far. He’s made some nice plays on defense. Defensively he is weak when it comes to one on one and offensively its just a jokes. He is at best a 10 and 6 guy, only because he gets some nice dishes from DROSE. Boozer is a blue collar guy and would fit in nicely, can you imagine him and rose together, a pick and roll with more than one option?? scary! Boozer is a 20 and 10 guy you can’t pass that up. Its worth the risk I believe. I really hope the bulls keep kirk hinrich, I really do believe he is a very underrated player. Plays solid D and can score when aggressive. With BG gone he will be huge next year. The bulls will be fine next season. Tyrus Thomas and James for Boozer is a steal for us. A healthy Deng is going to be huge. I like the blue collar of team we are striving for.

  34. Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    I love tt but trading for boozer will make us top five in the east and with all the money we got coming off the books we would look like a real good move for D wade in 2010.

    boozer if he signs back
    noah =number 7 baby

    michael July 10, 2009 at 3:15 am #

    I’m a pretty big tyrus fan but honestly i would trade tyrus for boozer in a heart beat. Even if boozer doesn’t work out he’ll be gone after the season and we drafted two PFs so we have nice depth so take a chance on boozer

    Felipe Garcia July 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    Now as I think about this deal, it may not be a bad idea getting Carlos Boozer by taking a chance with him for 1 year deal. The only thing i don’t like about this deal is giving up Kirk Hinrich to Portland. If Portland is willing to give up someone like: Stave Blake or Jerryd Bayless in the trade then I don’t mind this deal at all. Because Pargo can move to the 3rd guard position while Blake or Bayless can move to the fourth guard position and Carlos Boozer will be starting the PF.
    Starting lineup:
    PG: D-Rose
    SG: J-Salmon
    SF: L-Deng
    PF: C-Boozer
    C: J-Noah
    B. Miller, T. Thomas, J. Johnson, T. Gibson, J. Pargo & S. Blake or J. Bayless

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