MyNetsForLife wrote:Does anyone know about Boozer's injury history? Does he have any chronic problems that could cut his seasons or career short?
Why would they take on Simmons for another year, just so they could get Anderson and swap first rounders? Wouldn't they be better off letting Boozer walk so they could re-sign Milsap?
Boozer has a $12.2 million player option. He doesn't have to do anything. He can opt to stay for a year and go into the 2010 free agent pool. If he does, it would make signing Millsap (and Okur who also has a player option) this summer virtually impossible for the Jazz, doubly so because the Miller family may want to sell the team...and you don't want to load up any company with future commitments if you're thinking of selling.
Boozer wants an extension of his contract. Again, that's why players want a player option at the end of their contracts, so they can negotiate an extension, as Carter did two years ago. Carter gave up $3 million on the first year of his extension but got a lengthy guarantee.
It is to Utah's great advantage to get anything of value for him now. Again, as noted, when teams are forced to get rid of superstars (and he qualifies), they don't get return value. They get future value, in terms of cap space, young player(s) and draft pick(s) in some combination. It's what the Lakers got for Shaq, what the Heat got for Shaq, what the Grizzlies got for Gasol, what the Raptors got for Carter, what the Nets got for Kidd, etc., etc. Some deals work out better than others.