So the Jazz will keep Paul Millsap…

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.

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19 Responses to So the Jazz will keep Paul Millsap…

    Brad S. July 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Ho, Hum… ok, I am officially bored. When does the season start again??? I wish we had some poor Ty Thomas shot selection to talk about.

    Dunc July 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm #


    Brutha Skullz July 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Trade Kirk and the second unit is dead fish in the water.

    ROD July 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm #


    Drew July 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    Crappy, crappy and crappier…

    Portland should give up a guard if they are getting Kirk. It really looks like we are getting the short-end of the stick for an injury-prone player in Boozer.

    I want the trade to happen, because it clears up cap room with two contracts we really don’t need, but for some reason we want to keep them on the payroll when better players are available! Why did we sign Hunter again, when Stackhouse is available?

    Get Boozer, take what you can from Portland, but Boozer is the primary player in this deal. He is the one on the hot seat because he has to prove the the coaches, fans and other players that he is STILL a legit player to have on the roster.

    May…keep getting fatter, we don’t need you.

    AK Dave July 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Throw in Steve Blake and it’s a DEAL.

  7. Jeff July 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    I might have missed this but who exactly is Portland parting with in this trade if they don’t give up Bayless (or any of their prospects)? I haven’t heard of any Portland players (except the ones they won’t part with) involved in the talks. Utah gets Thomas, Bulls get Boozer and Portland gets Hinrich because….?

    BigWay July 17, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    I remember Sean May as the forward or maybe he was the center from North Carolina who destroyed the Illini in the title game a few years ago. Without May the Illini win thier first championship.

    He has had injuries and wieght problems in the NBA, and is probably undersized, but when healthy he has shown some promise. At best he is probably a Stacey Kig type player.

    BigWay July 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    The Bulls do not have to give up Hinrich and Thomas to do this deal.

    They only have to send Hinrich to Portland, get Boozer from Utah, and Portland ships Outlaw to Utah. the Bulls add a minimum salary to the deal.

    Utah needs luxury tax relief, so they need Portlands cap space. Portland supposedly likes and needs Hinrich.

    The Bulls are still the wild card. Do we absolutley need to get rid of Hinrichs contract for 2010, that is the question. If the answer is yes, then this deal makes some sense. Tyrus won’t be happy with Boozer on board, and we will be deathly thin at guard.

    I am ambivalent about this deal, but I definately would not do a deal that included both Tyrus and Hinrich.

    Felipe Garcia July 18, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    Now as I think about this deal I don’t want it to happen because the Bulls can not afford to give up Kirk Hinrich to Portland for no guard in return. Plus I don’t know if Boozer is the answer for what Chicago need as a good low post tread player because of his lack of injures he gets in every season, missing 40% games. Right now if I was the Bulls GM I would stick with the lineup I got right now and test them out and see how they play together. If it doesn’t work out during the half of the season them i would make a trade for a good PF player like David Lee or some else. Remember almost every team in the NBA makes a big trade moves during the deadline. For example when the Bulls pick-up: J. Salmons and B. Miller.

  11. Darwin Anthony July 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    What a minute. You complain about Thomas yet you want to make a deal with the same team that you did when you acquired him to begin with. I think Portland is licking their lips at seeing this coming. Bulls need to stop being suckers and let this one go. Kirk is a solid player. When he signed his deal wasn’t he a starter. now he is a solid backup to Rose. If a deal comes along that will make the Bulls better, go for it. This deal does no such thing. Stay away from any deals with Portland. They see you coming.

    Travis Minnich July 19, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    I think that many people are underestimating what the bulls have. We are young and truely unproven (except the playoff series with Boston) but with a few players like Thomas stepping up we could be a playoff team again this year. I don’t want to see us trade away anouther player that is on the verge of meeting his expectation to only see anouther team profit from our impatience.

  13. davidg July 20, 2009 at 4:57 am #

    BigWay, stacey king sucked as a player, and he is even worse as a commentator… boo that man and the worthless piece of garbage named May

  14. jason July 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I think we should go after Hakim Warrick. He’s a cheap low post scorer. Granted that’s all he can do but at least he’s healthy, young and cheap. Warrick for president!

  15. Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    I don’t think they should lose the captain, especially since the have already lost Gordan(dumb) They need him for not only his sold play but leadership as well. If they trade him they need to receive a player of his caliper but the ones I am hearing are not. So if there willing to trade him for a player that hasn’t proven himself then why would you trade a player from your own team that you feel is not reaching potential. Why trade someone who is an A for a C-. I would love to have a big man inside but not at the cost of loosing one of our key players.

    Andres Lopez July 22, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    I think the Bull should go after David Lee or Chris Bosh if Ty Thomas does not improve his game. Lee & Bosh are way better the Hakim Warrick and Ty Thomas put together. So hopeful Ty Thomas will step up his game so we wont have to pick up Lee or Bosh.

  17. karlee August 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    i want paul millsap to stay on the azz do the know if the traded him to a diffrint team

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