It’s official: The Utah Jazz have matched the offer sheet Paul Millsap signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. And what a hefty offer it was, worth $32 million over four years. This is yet another confirmation that Millsap is Utah’s future at the power forward position…and Carlos Boozer is their past.
So of course it’s time for a fresh round of Boozer trade rumors, most of which involve yooooooouuuur Chicago Bulls! The rumor that won’t seem to die no matter how many time a stake gets driven through its heart is that three-team deal between Chicago, Portland and Utah. To refresh your memory, the supposed trade would send Kirk Hinrich to the Trail Blazers and Tyrus Thomas to the Jazz while bringing Boozer to the Windy City.
What’s holding the process up? John Hollinger has a thought on the matter: “Bulls want something extra from Portland if they’re going to include Tyrus Thomas, but Blazers don’t want to part with their prospects.”
It’s likely the Bulls would want a guard in return, because trading Captain Kirk would leave them a little thin in the back court. I mean, Lindsey Hunter can’t be expected to play 30 minutes a game. Not without random body parts falling off.
Another problem with the trade is that the Jazz — who have around $81 million in salary on the books as of right now — want to get under the $69.9 million luxury tax limit. Salary cap calculations are way above my head, so it’s entirely possible I’m missing something. But as it stands, I don’t see how the Kirk-Tyrus-Boozer scenario would help the Jazz avoid the luxury tax.
Meanwhile, certain things are flying below the rumor radar. To wit, the Bulls worked out Sean May in Las Vegas. You may or may not remember him — my money’s on “not” — as the power forward who rarely played for the Charlotte Bobcats last season because of chronic weight problems. Hey, who doesn’t love curly fries, right? Anyway, May claims to have received a commitment from a team, and I doubt it was the Bulls.