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.