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.