Boozer-to-Bulls rumors heating up again

Adorable puppy sold separately.

Adorable puppy sold separately.

Carlos Boozer had a nice little chat with ESPN Radio 1000’s Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman today, during which he confirmed that the Jazz have agreed to trade him. When asked whether he might be shipped to Chi-town, Boozer said: “I definitely heard a little rumbling about it, whether it will go down or not. It’s kind of between the Jazz and Chicago but obviously if I did get traded to Chicago, I’d love to be a part of the Bulls.”

Furthermore, he described the Bulls thusly: “Great organization, top notch from top to bottom. They do things very professionally there. At the same time they have a good group of talent there. Obviously with Derrick Rose at the helm and being Rookie of the Year last year and having some very good talent around him. Very good team. If I was able to come there, I’d bring a lot, especially in the low post and being a leader as well. We’ll see what happens.”

Can you feel the love? I can.

Boozer also discussed his admiration for Derrick Rose, the notion that he might lure Dwyane Wade to Chicago next summer, and whether he could stay healthy before reiterating that he’d “love to be part of the Chicago Bulls.” Go here for the full transcript.

So…could a Boozer trade happen? Possibly. According to John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Jazz, which already has more than $73 million in salary commitments for the upcoming season, is desperate to unload Boozer’s $12.7 million salary and there aren’t many teams willing to take on a big contract right now. The Bulls might be able to swing a deal with an offer of Tyrus Thomas ($4.7 million) and the expiring contract of Jerome James ($6.6 million). That exchange would save the Jazz roughly $1.3 million and get them closer to the luxury-tax threshold of $69.92 million.”

The bad news: That deal would push the Bulls over the dreaded luxury tax threshold, and you know how hard management has been working to avoid that. So acquiring Boozer would probably require some additional wheeling and dealing before it comes what you would call “financially viable.” Unless of course Ebenezer Scrooge, er, that is, Jerry Reinsdorf decided to overpay a little bit to field what could be a pretty sweet team.

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31 Responses to Boozer-to-Bulls rumors heating up again

  1. attapolcai@gmail.com'
    Drew July 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    This trade needs to happen for the Bulls to save face for the Gordon fiasco.

    Any good businessman would see that you pay a little more now, for a lot less later AND have a great low-post threat going into a contract year. We all know contract years are great years for players, because they want the biggest paycheck they can get!

    Pay up, Jerry and actually be a Bull!

  2. auti_76@hotmail.com'
    Austin July 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm #

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JUST DON’T GIVE UP KIRK

  3. DbowLucky13@aol.com'
    Brutha Skullz July 16, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    You kidding me!!! A 6’7” power forward on the decline with a terrible attitude? You mean we let Gordon go to get this CANCEROUS loaf? I have been a BULLs fan since 1988. If this deal goes down, I will become a fan of my native state. There is NO WAY, the Boozer trade make sense. He will never be a 20/10 player again. The smaller power forwards get worn down faster than the bigger players.

  4. DbowLucky13@aol.com'
    Brutha Skullz July 16, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    MAKES NO SENSE!!!! WHAT HAVE THE BOOZER DONE IN THE LAST 3 YEARS? PLEASE, SOMEBODY? I LOOK AT 33% OF THE NBA GAMES THAT COME ON CABLE. BOOZER HAS NOT STOOD OUT IN 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!

  5. DbowLucky13@aol.com'
    Brutha Skullz July 16, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    Okay…I was wrong. He average 20/11, 20/10, and 16/10 in the last 3 years. But I still don’t like it…

  6. Jcguzman2011@gmail.com'
    Juan July 16, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    How much is it gonna be???? Everyone knows that Jerry is a cheap homo(jk)!!! I bet that if everyone in Illinois would give 50 cents to get Boozer it would happen!!!

  7. Natedogg July 16, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    Boozer is the man it would be a great trade for the bulls, and getting rid of tyrus at the same time makes it that much better

  8. MRTEDDY9@AOL.COM'
    TED July 16, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    SOMETIMES THE BEST TRADE IS NO TRADE.. I LIKE OUR 2 DRAFT PICKS AND TYRUS MAY BE JUST 1 MORE YEAR AWAY FROM GREATNESS.. HE IS STILL ONLY 23 IN AUGUST.. AND TO GIVE UP KIRK FOR A UNPROVEN JERRAD BAYLESS IS REALLY NOT TO SMART.. EVEN THOUGH IT WOULD BE NICE IF KIRK COULD DRIVE AND ACTUALLY MAKE THE LAYUP ONCE IN A WHILE…

  9. ccordes@indiana.edu'
    Colin July 16, 2009 at 3:45 am #

    I give up on trying to talk sense into the idiots that comment on this blog. The pure stupidity of the other readers makes me want to not read you anymore Matt, I’m sorry.

  10. jridder10 July 16, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    brutha skullz ur a idiot boozer is 6 foot 9 and a great player he wants to come to the bulls and likes rose i think it would be a great trade

  11. jridder10 July 16, 2009 at 3:51 am #

    someone tell brutha skullz that he is a idiot and doesnt no anything about the bulls and he is disgrace to be a bulls fan boozer is a great low post scorer and we dont give up a lot to get him and gordan was a great scorer but couldnt play defense and took some bad shots

  12. Dontrell8@earthlink.net'
    Trilla manila July 16, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    I think this is an outstanding trade 4 the bulls. Some of you havent realized that Mat said Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James for Carlos Boozer.It is a steal for the bulls.They will have an ok all-around team: d. rose and kirk(or salmons) in the back court and luol,boozer,and Joakim(or Brad) in the front court. It would be a well balanced team…The bulls need to make this trade.

  13. felipeagarcia87@hotmail.com'
    Felipe Garcia July 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    I think the Bulls should take a shoot with Carlos Boozer and trade Ty. Thomas & J. James. Sure they will have to pay a little more extra money but it is worth it. They won’t lose much because Boozer contract is up for next year, they will also draw more fans meaning more money and they will be able to keep his $12.7 million dollar salary if they don’t resign him and try to sign a free-agent player like: D-Wade or Chris Bosh in 2010. Remember other players contracts are up as well for next year like: B. Miller, L. Hunter, J. James, L. Johnson, D. Nelson, J. Noah, A. Roberson, J. Pargo, Ty. Thomas & D. Rose. Meaning the Bulls will still have a lot of money left for next year if they go up the salary cap. (Key players to sign back D. Rose, J. Noah & B. Miller or C. Boozer if they play really good without injuries.) This move can make the Bulls a better team if Boozer is healthy throughout the season. If not they have their rookies to back him up: J. johnson & Taj. Gibson.

  14. bhood July 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    All bulls dont want boozer going b real upset 2010. Tell you why if boozer go to the heat boozer wade have a monster year boozer and wade stay in miami. LBJ not leaving cavs . bosh seem like he staying with raptors. whats our next move. Rent Boozer one year if he makes us alot better resign him if not let him go we still have cap space… pls think basketball people

  15. contrerasadvocates@yahoo.com'
    Savage July 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    “I LOOK AT 33% OF THE NBA GAMES THAT COME ON CABLE. BOOZER HAS NOT STOOD OUT IN 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!”

    Okay Brutha lets look at what he did in ’06-’07 he played in 74 out of 81 games and averaged 11.7 boards and 20.9 points per game. In ’07-’08 he averaged 10.4 boards and 21.1 points per game. In ’08-’09 only 37 games 10.4 boards and 16.2 points per game. I agree he has been injured WAY too often in his career but the last three years he has put up monster numbers offensively I don’t think anyone can argue with that. I do see the point of him lacking on defense and lacking toughness/being injury prone but when he is healthy he is an offensive force.

  16. contrerasadvocates@yahoo.com'
    Savage July 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    “I LOOK AT 33% OF THE NBA GAMES THAT COME ON CABLE. BOOZER HAS NOT STOOD OUT IN 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!”

    Okay Brutha lets look at what he did in ’06-’07 he played in 74 out of 81 games and averaged 11.7 boards and 20.9 points per game. In ’07-’08 played in all 81 games he averaged 10.4 boards and 21.1 points per game. In ’08-’09 only 37 games 10.4 boards and 16.2 points per game. I agree he has been injured WAY too often in his career but the last three years he has put up monster numbers offensively I don’t think anyone can argue with that. I do see the point of him lacking on defense and lacking toughness/being injury prone but when he is healthy he is an offensive force.

  17. bigpartner 46 July 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    The Bulls need to get all the help they can. If not they will be in the lottery AGAIN!!! They are not going anywhere next season. We don’t have any guards…What are they really doing?

  18. Anonymous July 17, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    Although i am extremely excited with for the upcoming season with the team that we have already;I think that it be disastrous to let Carlos Boozer get away from us. Not only is he the proven dominant threat that we have needed for past some odd years. Just imagine what the result would be if we did? We all know that he is leaving Utah and from what i can see there are only two posible homes for him. Chicago where he belongs and Miami. If Boozer goes to Miami that would be yet another Eastern Confrence power house while the bulls have done nothing. Yeah i agree that we r getting better and Tyrus Thomas could be a year away. Look at all the talent that we have given up since the year 2000. We had Elton Brand, Jamal Crawford, Ron Artest LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Duhon. All of which have turned out to be solid player since they departed from our services. But we just lost a major peice of the reason why we were successful last season. Granted Gordon came with his flaws. He could and would shoot us out of a game just as soon as he could keep us in one. Which is why i settled with the fact that it is better off in the long run for us to have let him go. If boozer goes to Miami then Wade is definitely not leaving after next season. I mean that was our ultimate goal in the first place right. Idk if we pass up on boozer i don’t think that i could help but press the panic botton.

  19. Eddie B. July 17, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    The Bulls need to make this deal happen. Boozer is a consistent 20 and 10 guy and would be a huge asset for Derrick Rose. I hate giving up Tyrus because he shows so much promise, but the Bulls have to also be able to go after wade next year and with a nucleus of Deng, Rose, Salmons, and Noah. Wade sees this would be a championship team with him.

    Don’t let the Heat get him or it is over.

  20. Anonymous July 18, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    GET BOOZER this lineup could b Rose Wade Deng Boozer Noah

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    Anonymous July 18, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Does anyone watch ESPN? Miami is talking to Lamar Odom right now. Unlike Chicago Miami is making moves to get better. Odom or Boozer, Chicago is not going to get D Wade in 2010. Chicago better try to make some moves like last year be for the trade deadline or they are in serious trouble. They are never going to be threat in the Eastern Conference let alone for another NBA title with there current roster. We all know the lack of moves they have made the last few years in free agency, do you honestly think they are going to get any thing done in the 2010 free agent frenzy. They should be sitting good for next years free agency with all there expiring contracts, but will find a way to F_ _ _K it up.

  22. ace July 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    if the bulls get boozer, it will be good for them. low post scorer to help out all the outside shooters. that would help out everybody and boozer in the east would kill most power forwards over there. make the trade happen and watch what kinda team the bulls will have. deadly then bring in wade for the next season and its a wrap

  23. reggie July 19, 2009 at 2:11 am #

    we need boozer we haVENT HAD LOW POST IN HOW LONG// COME ON PEOPLE// BUT WE SHOULD TRY TO GO AFTER CHRIS BOSH NEXT YEAR

  24. kruppyo@yahoo.com'
    kruppyo July 19, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    Come on guys, this is a 1 year commitment to a player that we may want to keep long term. Boozer is still young and we may not be able to resign Tyrus anyway. If we don’t trade away a 3 year work in progress and a 7’1″ waste of space for a recent all star, I am not sure how much more i can take as a Bulls fan. And best of all we get to keep Hinrich. It is so hard to find a player who can be a starter on over half the teams in the NBA to come off of the bench and be happy to help in anyway he can.

  25. tripg8623 July 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Tyrus hasn’t proven anything yet. he get all excited and hogs the ball in an effort to show off his unbelievable skill to jump through the roof. what he needs to do this year is settle down, grab boards, and show off his skillz with put back points. its a system that works best with the sum of all points. On the boozer things, i can’t think that a 20-10 guy wouldn’t help. even if he is a little soft and gets hurt, maybe he’s hungry and healthy and ready to leave his mark in NBA history, father time waits for no man. bring him in, pay the tax, and continue the momentum from last year. Ben was a ball hog who could shoot lights out 25% of the time. loved to watch him play but he broke us down last year against the celtics with his constant shooting. Yeah he makes some big shots but not all of them. regardless, he’s gone. we got rose, kirk, and john in the front court. noah, brad, tyrus, deng in the back court. hunter will be our veteran leader and vinny will settle down this year to. its going to be exciting to watch and lets keep roliing toward winner 72 games again. GO BULLS!!!

  26. delaun s. July 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    how about this the bulls give up dang (since they were a much better team without him last year then with him) Thomas is a very good and has promis but i would rahter take boozer or how bout we get rid of noah. but boozer would only be a one year deal and then maybe the bulls would have enough money to get wade and amari or bosh. u never know.

  27. james July 21, 2009 at 4:16 am #

    BOOZER FRIED IN THE FIRST ROUND AGAINST THE LAKERS!!

  28. Anonymous July 21, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    keep tyrus boozer is going two help use

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    al July 21, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    keep tyrus boozer is going two help use

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