The Boozer Conundrum

The Free Agent Summit

The big news of the day is that Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade met last weekend at an undisclosed location in Miami. ESPN.com is reporting that one of the topics discussed was the possibility of all three teaming up with the Heat.

The idea would be that they would each agree to take less than the maximum allowed contracts so that they could play together and the Heat could stay flexible to add other players down the road. As crazy as this scenario sounds, there are some good reasons that these guys may go after it:

  • They’d get to play together. Word is that all three of these guys formed a close bond during the Olympics, and this is probably the only opportunity they’d get to play together.
  • Florida doesn’t have a state tax, which means that each of these guys could actually take smaller contracts and still walk away with roughly the same as if they signed bigger deals in other cities.
  • Pat Riley. No other team on LeBron’s board – Nets, Knicks, Bulls, Cavs, Mavs – has closer access to a Hall of Fame level coach. Even if Riley merely stays in the front office  (anyone want to bet that he does?), he’s in a key position to influence the team and take an active hand in raising LeBron’s game.

So, there’s your next big scenario.

If somehow that doesn’t play out, the next rumor is that LeBron signs with Chicago, brings Bosh with him, and Boozer joins Wade in South Beach, which leads me to…

The Price of Boozer

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that sources close to Boozer suggest that he’s going to let Utah make the first move, but that he’s going to want a six-year deal either close to or at the max level.

So the biggest question for this summer has quickly become this: How much do we want to hold onto Boozer?

One on side, it’s important to remember that if you take a look at last year’s numbers, there is no single PF in the league that was better than Boozer in PPG, RPG and APG (19.5, 11.2 and 3.2). In addition, there was no PF in the league with a better field goal percentage (.562%). On paper, there are few – if any – upgrades available at Boozer’s position. On top of that, he has the playing history with Williams and Sloan, and for his flaws, seems to be well liked by the front office.

On the other side, his relationship with the fans has long been rocky, and a six year max contract (or something close to it) could further restrict Utah’s already tight cap space situation, and it kind of begs the question as to why the Jazz put up the bucks for Milsap last year if they didn’t plan to move him into a starting situation.

Meanwhile…

Keep an eye on the situation in Indiana. It’s not being well reported – hopefully because no one is really concerned – but the Pacers have been struggling to turn a profit in a while. If things don’t work here in a respectable way, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Pacers may need to either close shop or relocate.

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~ by djepperson on June 29, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Boozer Conundrum”

  1. I think Boozer would also fit well he’s a quality rebounder and scorer although undersized i don’t think it will make as much of a difference if he lands in chicago

  2. Yeah, Chicago seems like a lesser fit for Boozer. I think he could be effective in Miami, though I read somewhere that Dwight Howard wouldn’t mind him in Orlando.

    Gonna be a crazy couple days.

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