NBA Free Agency 2010: Top Destinations for Carlos Boozer
It's the year of the Dukie, right?
It is just the second day of free agency, but power forward Carlos Boozer and the rumors surrounding him continue to circulate.
Today, the hot topic is whether he'll be involved in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic.
Then there are those four pesky teams with cap space- the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.
Boozer, who didn't opt out of his contract with the Utah Jazz last year when he had a chance, made $12 million this season.
Here are five destinations that Boozer could call home.
What Carlos Boozer Offers
Born: Nov 20, 1981
Weight: 266 lbs.
Years Pro: 7
Carlos Boozer averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Utah Jazz this past season.
In the first round of the playoffs, he stepped up his game by averaging a double-double (22.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG).
The Boozer Report:
Age (28 years old)
No. 1 Miami Heat
Carlos Boozer met with the Miami Heat during the first day of free agency.
The Heat is trying for the (possibly improbable) trifecta in Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
If that possibility fizzles, Boozer would be a great choice at power forward, especially since many consider him to come cheaper than Amar'e Stoudemire.
Then again, it seems like Miami is interested in every big-name free agent.
Something that also doesn't resonate well: Boozer sold his $5.5 million home in Coconut Grove, which is about 15 minutes from American Airlines Arena.
With just two players under contract in Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley, the Heat no doubt need bodies on the court.
No. 2 Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls entertained Carlos Boozer yesterday.
Last year, rumors spread that Carlos Boozer would be traded to the Bulls for Kirk Hinrich, so clearly the organization has interest in the former Dukie.
With a young lineup that already boasts Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, Boozer would be a nice veteran presence for the team.
Like Miami, Chicago wants to spend its cap money on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.
No. 3 New Jersey Nets
Despite Carlos Boozer's reputation as a hard worker on the court, the New Jersey Nets would be disappointed with settling for him this free agency period.
After clearing up cap space for two max players, the Nets are one of the real players for LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
New Jersey won just 12 games last year, the worst in the NBA.
Boozer, who meets with New Jersey this weekend, has a history of injuries and is already 28 years old. He's older than most of the marquee free agents during this offseason.
On the plus side, besides his obvious on-court talent, he could serve as a mentor to Derrick Favors and even Brook Lopez.
No. 4 New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are in the same boat as the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets.
All four of these teams have money to spend and are fighting over the same top free agents.
But what do the Knicks have working for them?
Boozer is a New York Yankees fan.
Boozer also likes head coach Mike D'Antoni and the offensive schemes that he creates.
D'Antoni coached Boozer at the Olympics.
If the Knicks were to sign Boozer, he would replace free agent David Lee.
Lee averaged 20.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists for a makeshift New York roster waiting for free agency.
No. 5 Orlando Magic
The latest rumor surrounding Carlos Boozer is that he would be involved in a sign-and-trade deal to the Orlando Magic.
In return, the Utah Jazz would receive Marcin Gortat as well as J.J. Redick and/or Mickael Pietrus.
ESPN reported that a deal could include Vince Carter's expiring contract or Brandon Bass and Rashard Lewis.
Tony Dutt, who represents the latter two, debunked the rumor.
It's not difficult to picture Boozer in Central Florida: Boozer is a post scorer who would complement Dwight Howard's rebounding and shot-blocking. Suddenly, Orlando would have a more balanced offense with Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter.
Boozer also happens to be close with Howard.