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Carlos Boozer Bolts from Utah Jazz for Chicago Bulls: Win-Win Situation

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 16:  Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz attends Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 16, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Denton RamseySenior Analyst IJuly 7, 2010

So long, Jerry Sloan.

Hello, Chicago!

Carlos Boozer made the right decision when he agreed to leave the Utah Jazz for the on-the-rise Chicago Bulls.

With the let’s-learn-to-flop Jazz in his past, it’s now time to focus on the future.

Chicago may very well be back in the hunt of things with this latest Boozer signing, and it may boost the chances (slim as they may be) of LeBron James bolting for a very deep and talented Bulls team.

The beauty of this move—at least in my opinion—is that Boozer is no longer in Utah; plain and simple.

As a die-hard Houston Rockets fan since my very first breath, it’s only natural for me to hate anything and everything regarding the Sloan/Jazz nonsense.

Thankfully, those same early to mid 90s Rockets completely controlled those Sloan-led Jazz teams—but they continue to play (and pay) for their constant flopping.

However, I digress.

We’re not here today to talk about the Rockets’ back-to-back title days; instead, we’re here to talk about Boozer and his giant step in the right direction in his very solid NBA career.

Chicago is the right place for Boozer.

And hopefully, Boozer is the needed piece to the puzzle to push the Bulls to the brink of NBA Champions.

With all the latest hoopla circling the free agency summer chaos, one thing is certain: the East will be the beasts in the 2010-11 season.

It’s going to be exciting—and a whole lot of fun to watch.

The Western Conference will remain deep and talented, there’s no doubt about it.

But the Eastern Conference is getting stronger and stronger with these offseason moves, and Boozer adds to that excitement.

Congratulations, Carlos, on making the best choice of your career thus far.

Boozer will have a lot more room to grow and thrive in Chicago.

He’ll have a better opportunity to win a title in Chicago.

And the Bulls shut the door on all the “Chicago will be the team that gets screwed in all these free agents moves” nonsense (especially after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh announced they would be joining forces with the Miami Heat).

The Chicago Bulls signed one of the best free agents of the summer of 2010.

Welcome to Chicago, Carlos. I truly hope you can return the Windy City to it’s glory days of the early 90s.

Boozer may not be the BEST free agent on the block this summer, but he’s a damn good addition for the Bulls.

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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