Boozer Talks heat up

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Boozer Talks heat up

Working under the assumption that the Utah Jazz will match Portland's $32 million offer sheet for Paul Millsap, the wheels are in motion to find trade possibilities for Carlos Boozer.

According to a person involved in the process, Boozer's camp has explored trade possibilities with Miami, the Knicks, Golden State, and Detroit, among others. The scenario is complicated by the fact that Utah would want to bring back as little salary as possible to avoid luxury-tax ramifications, meaning a third team would have to be recruited as a salary dumping ground.

Oklahoma City, with $11.5 million in cap room, is the most logical choice. But the Thunder don't appear to be willing to disrupt their financial horizon. Memphis has room and will get $5.2 million more on Friday from the Jerry Stackhouse buyout. The Pistons cleared $1.8 million more by trading Arron Affalo and Walter Sharpe to Denver for a second-round pick and cash. The Pistons now have more than $5 million in cap space and could emerge as a factor in the Boozer talks, the person familiar with the situation said.

The Jazz likely will make the Blazers wait the full seven days before matching, which could slow progress on the Boozer front. If the Jazz follow through on their intentions and match the offer sheet, they would be close to $12 million into the luxury tax and would need to trade Boozer before the February trade deadline to ease that penalty.

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Team that needs him most

I think is Miami, Wade needs a no.2, but would the Heat give up Beasley?personally I would but he and Jerry Sloan would clash and the Jazz wont be interested in Chalmers, it looks like right now the Pistons are the most likey but I think that would be a bad fit

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Pistons great fit

I love the idea of Rip going to the Jazz, while Boozer goes to the Pistons. The Pistons get who they wanted, and can use him as a PF and Villanueva can play center.
The Jazz need a shooter to help out Dwill. Rip would be excellent because of his consistency and shooting percentage, also he would add some defense to this team. His work ethic is excellent, so he would be a perfect fit with Coach Sloan.
I heard that the bulls were also in the mix offering Tyrus Thomas. And why do the warriors and Knicks even try to get him, they don't have anybody to offer?

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about boozer

portland put utah in a bad spot. i doubt these teams listed would want to give up strong core players for utah. in fact..utah should play this safe...they may not be able to get what they want out of boozer being the position they're in....dump boozer...or miss out on millsap.

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