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Carlos Boozer has probably gotten more spite than any present Bull. And by "probably," I mean there is no question whatsoever.
Not all of it is warranted. People often lament that the Bulls did not land Amar'e Stoudemire instead. However, over the last three years, there hasn't been a lot of difference in production between the two.
|Player ||Minutes ||Points ||Rebounds ||Assists ||Total
|Carlos Boozer ||4435 ||2313 ||1326 ||310 ||3949
|Amar'e Stoudemire ||4413 ||2794 ||1003 ||254 ||4051
|Difference ||22 ||-481 ||323 ||56 ||-102
Stoudemire has provided for about 2.6 percent more production in the time since the two have signed. Of course, Boozer is playing right now and Stoudemire isn't. Oh yeah. Stoudemire costs $5 million a year more than Boozer and also has an uninsured, even more untradeable contract.
And while yes, there are fair criticisms about Boozer disappearing in the postseason and being weak defensively, it's not like Stoudemire has been the poster boy for clutch and defense either.
He actually does have some trade value, but not star trade value.
It's unlikely the Hornets, who are getting the second most from the power forward spot right now, are going to want Boozer. Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis are a pretty nice pairing.
There are other teams, though, who are getting almost nothing from the position and would probably entertain talks.
One such team is the Sacramento Kings, who have a player who could spark New Orleans' interest in Tyreke Evans and fill a real void at the power forward spot.
A three-team trade involving the Kings, Bulls and Hornets isn't entirely unreasonable: Boozer would go to the Kings, John Salmons and Evans would go to the Hornets and Eric Gordon would go to the Bulls.
The Kings trade from a position of strength to fill a position of need. The Hornets get a true starting-caliber point guard who can run their team and create opportunities for his teammates in Evans. They also strengthen their weakest point, small forward, where they are currently dead last in net production.