View Full Version : Carlos Boozer to opt-out of Deal. Should Grizz try to sign?

Deezy Dee 24
12-18-2008, 10:46 AM
Source: Desert News

"EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Amid news he will have a second MRI today on his injured left knee, which has caused him to miss 15 straight games, All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer told a national Internet site reporter he absolutely plans to opt out of his contract next offseason.
"Carlos has never told us he definitely plans on opting out," Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said in reacting to the declaration late Wednesday night. "Is it something that you would think he would do? From a professional standpoint, you could look at it and say why at his age (27), his position, where he's going to and what he's done it makes sense to say 'I'd like a longer-term contract' rather than just waiting another year.

"What's the difference in becoming an unrestricted free agent a year from now, or an unrestricted free agent now?"

Boozer, slated for now to make $12.66 million next season, has the right to opt out of the sixth and final year of his $68 million deal this offseason.

O'Connor said Boozer's representatives have never informed him of opt-out plans, and he called the timing of Boozer's proclamation "a little peculiar."

Said Boozer to an ESPN.com reporter following the Jazz's comeback win at New Jersey: "I'm opting out. No matter what, I'm going to get a raise regardless. I am going to opt out, I don't see why I wouldn't. I think it's a very good business decision for me and my family, but I'd also like to see what happens with the Jazz and stay here."

O'Connor also said the decision will not impact how the Jazz proceed from here forward.
"We told Carlos he's an important piece of the organization, and he's one of the guys we would like to continue to build the foundation around," the Jazz GM said. "And he's told us that he wants to stay."

Also Wednesday, O'Connor told ESPN.com that the Jazz regardless of Boozer's situation plan to re-sign backup power forward Paul Millsap.

"We intend to keep Paul Millsap," he said. "I don't know how much more succinct I can be."

As for Boozer's knee, which he injured Nov. 19, Boozer said, "It was great (Tuesday). I went through a full practice, felt really good. Not really good to the point where I felt strong enough to play, but it was a good step in the right direction."

Boozer has both a strained quadriceps tendon, and a bruised kneecap.

(The Jazz, incidentally, said Boozer went through "the majority of practice" Tuesday, but not all).

"It's a little sore (Wednesday), which is to be expected, and we'll go from there," Boozer added. "I'm going to get an MRI (today) to see how much healing has happened and we'll go from there."

Asked if the MRI plans are because something is wrong, Boozer responded, "Not necessarily wrong. I want to see what's going on, because it's a little sore and I was hoping it would be done being sore by now. But I just want to see what's going on with it.""

if we put a solid record together this year what if we could sign carlos boozer???

I Am Awesome-O
12-18-2008, 01:39 PM
Hell yeah we should go after him. He would fill the gigantic hole we have at power forward. Although, I am getting less and less enamored with the guy every day. He is acting pretty childish and is seemingly getting outplayed by Paul Millsap, which does not look good on his resume.

If we land the #1 pick in the draft (close to impossible), then all of the Boozer talk will stop because we will get a player that is a more athletic version of Boozer in Blake Griffin.

My point is that I would welcome Boozer with open arms in Memphis. But if he keeps acting like a child and getting outplayed by Millsap, I say we throw our money at Millsap (5-year, $40 million contract), not Boozer. Both are a long shot to come to Memphis; I think we all know that. However, anything can happen (see the Josh Smith signing last summer that got matched by Atlanta).

Deezy Dee 24
12-18-2008, 04:36 PM
yeah i was mad as hell we didnt get josh smith.
didnt he want to come to memphis?

12-19-2008, 12:23 AM
I thought Boozer would be a good choice, but if a healthy Millsap is available ???
And I think we would have better odds in the Superball Lottery than getting #1 in the draft!

12-19-2008, 10:50 AM
I absolutely love Boozer, but he is going to cost a lot of money...and I am not sure he will be worth it. With that said, I would throw a five year deal in the neighborhood of $45 to $48 million to Millsap and see if the Jazz match. If we do it quick enough, we would put Utah in a huge quandary...do they save their money to resign Boozer, or do they let Boozer go and match any and all reasonable offers to Millsap?!?

By the way, I don't think there is a chance in hell we get a top four pick this year. Believe it or not, but there are a lot worse teams than the Grizzlies this year....

12-19-2008, 11:50 AM
The jazz will not let Millsap go this summer. You have the best chance of signing boozer because you can pay him the most.

Big Quett
12-19-2008, 03:18 PM
The jazz will not let Millsap go this summer. You have the best chance of signing boozer because you can pay him the most.

A players team can always pay him the most money. But i dont think they would want to resign Boozer for probably about 70 mil or so. And then pay he back-up about 40 or 50 mil. If a team offers Milsap 40 mil that would put them over the top.

12-20-2008, 08:51 PM
Sori fellow memphis fans but i think ill pass on booz