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Would Boozer Trade To Houston Rockets Make Sense?

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)
Richard O'NealSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2009

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind for the Rockets; free agents coming off the board and leaving with few options to get a quality guy in the post. 

I may have come up with a short-term solution to solve the problem. 

The Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz called off potential trade talks last week that would have involved Houston trading all-star Tracy McGrady to the Jazz for forward Andrei Kirilenko. 

Now, the Jazz have been rumored to be aggressively shopping PF/C Carlos Boozer due to the fact that the team wants to have money to sign Paul Millsap to a long-term deal.

This is where Houston comes in. 

The Rockets could use the expiring contract of Tracy McGrady, sending him to the Jazz for Boozer, small forward Kyle Korver, and shooting guard Ronnie Brewer.  It works financially and gives the Rockets a nice boost in almost all of the areas they have a need in. 

Boozer gives the Rockets an excellent scorer and rebounder in the post who, though undersized, has proved that he can be efficient down low. 

Kyle Korver has shown the potential to be a lights-out three point shooter but hasn't had the minutes to excel in Jerry Sloan's offense. 

Ronnie Brewer has steadily improved in each of his three seasons, averaging 4.6, 12 and 13.7 points per game respectively.  He also shot a great percentage from the field as a guard/forward at 50.9 percent last year. 

The trade would give the Rockets an opportunity to see how the offense gels with the three players. With Boozer only having one year left on his contract, they could essentially start from scratch if things don't work out or sign him to a long-term contract if things go well. 

If Yao is able to return after a year, the Rockets could slide Boozer to the power forward spot and insert their star center back into the lineup at center, with Luis Scola coming off the bench for a spark.

The trade would also give the Rockets some guys that can play right now, whereas McGrady isn't due back until the middle of next season, at best.

This seems to go against my philosophy of getting a big man in the post to help defensively but not so fast my friends.  The Rockets could still go out and sign Jamaal Magloire or Rasho to a short-term contract and bring them off the bench for lane clogging purposes. 

A move like this could either instantly put the Rockets back in contention or completely backfire and blow up in my face (and the Houston faithful for that matter). 

I can face the consequence of the latter because I would know that the Rockets aren't throwing in the towel on the 2009-2010 season.

The trade could work to the Rockets advantage and help the Jazz by freeing up the money and the playing time to make Millsap a major force in the Jazz offense. 

So the question for Rockets fans is this: Does GM Daryl Morey have the desire to make this move happen?

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