Carlos Boozer to Chicago?

Michael MaxwellCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz comes down with a rebound in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Energy Solutions Arena on April 25, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Lakers won 108-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)


There is a rumor floating through the airwaves that Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz may be headed to Chicago in a three way deal with Portland and Utah. This would send Tyrus Thomas back to the Utah Jazz, and Kirk Hinrich to the Blazers.

This trade would give the Bulls a post presence that they've been searching for for years. It also rids them of Kirk Hinrich's $10 million per year as a backup contract, and the annoyance and bad track record of Tyrus Thomas.

The Jazz would rid themselves of Boozer who seemed to not to want to be there. They also acquire a forward in Tyrus Thomas who still has the potential to be something great; then again he's had that since the Bulls acquired him in the draft so you don't know what you're getting. He's also had some character issues, but he's a very athletic forward.

The Blazers get Kirk Hinrich, who has shown his ability to be a great point guard, but with Derrick Rose in the picture, there was no room for him on the Bulls. It has also been rumored that Rudy Fernandez may go to the Bulls in this trade and that would be good for the Bulls as they would have someone to replace Ben Gordon as a two guard.

All in all this trade seems to benefit everyone but the Jazz in the short term, but in the long term, the Jazz could turn out to be the winner if Thomas finally reaches his potential.