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Old 07-26-09, 04:28 AM
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Latest Boozer rumor: to Knicks for David Lee

Latest Boozer rumor: to Knicks for David Lee
Bulls' star guard says he'd love to have Jazz forward in Chicago
By John Coon
Deseret News
Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 11:09 p.m. MDT


Could Carlos Boozer end up in a New York Knicks uniform?

A scenario is reportedly being considered by the Knicks in which the team would sign restricted free-agent forward David Lee and then send him off to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Boozer, according to a story published by Newsday.

Lee acknowledged feeling frustrated by the fact he remains unsigned by New York so deep into the free agency period.

"With the four years of hard work I've put in, I'm just frustrated this thing hasn't gotten done yet with the Knicks," Lee told Newsday. "It's been frustrating enough that it has caused us now to kind of look at other options."

The Knicks have not made offers to either Lee or their other restricted free agent, Nate Robinson, so far this summer.

A potential trade for Lee could cause an interesting conundrum for the Jazz, since both he and Paul Millsap play the same position and have comparable statistics. But such a move would undoubtedly prove to be popular with the team's fan base — given Lee's reputation for solid defense and hustle play.

Lee led the NBA with 62 double-doubles last season and averaged a career-high 16.0 points and 11.7 rebounds for New York.
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Chicago also appears in the mix for Boozer, and a potential trade for the two-time NBA all-star received an endorsement from the team's franchise point guard, Derrick Rose.

Rose seemed excited at the prospect of playing with Boozer if a trade should come to fruition between Utah and Chicago.

"Boozer is a great guy," Rose said in an interview with Bulls.com. "Great post player, pick-and-roll player, pick and pop. For him to come I'd love it."

A trade between Chicago and the Jazz would likely become more difficult since Portland — a previous rumored trade partner — is unlikely to get involved in a potential deal this time around. The Blazers signed former Ute standout Andre Miller to be their point guard.

This spells an end to Portland's interest in acquiring Kirk Hinrich — the main reason the Blazers were originally involved in trade talks with Utah and Chicago.

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This still dosent clear up space for Millsap. Im not sure why Boozer wants to move so badly...
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This still dosent clear up space for Millsap. Im not sure why Boozer wants to move so badly...
It's isn't Boozer... its the Jazz who don't want to pay big money for two players at the same position in addition to paying luxury tax.
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Guess that makes sense, sort of like the failed Tyson Chandler trade.
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Guess that makes sense, sort of like the failed Tyson Chandler trade.
As you already said, this trade makes no sense especially when David Lee would take up the same cap number as Boozer would. If he is traded, another player has to be included in the mix like a AK47 or whatever. They definitely would probably need a third player like the Bucks who could use Bowen's partially guaranteed contract or whatever.
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Old 07-26-09, 08:46 AM
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Boozer is kinda an a hole when it comes to team loyalty. I wouldn't want him. He left Cleveland nefariously, now he can't be satisfied in Utah.

He is a hell of a player, but without the ability to block shots, he seems incomplete. Plus he has a sever injury every other year. I think wherever he goes, he will be a problem. With that said, I hope he goes to New York!
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This seems to be a "push" in terms on salary, stats and position. Just on the basis of character, I'd prefer Lee.
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why doesn't it say Lee to Spurs!
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Don't know the Knicks can't keep David Lee. He's the surest thing on their roster. Doesn't matter if New York is over the cap, cuz they can afford it. They need to dump or buyout overpaid flunkies like Eddie Curry and Jared Jeffries from the Isaiah Thomas days. However, I do believe that Lee is dreaming if he believes he's going to get $10+ million/year in this economy.
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