Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  67 responses

Boozer to Chicago?

by Marcel Mutoni

As the madness of the offseason rages on, the Chicago Bulls have been suspiciously quiet. Until now, anyway.

Rumor has it that the Bulls have begun to chat with the Utah Jazz about Carlos Boozer’s availability. The Portland Trailblazers are reportedly also part of the talks. ESPN was first to report on this:

Another major multi-team trade might be looming in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls having discussed a deal that would be headlined by Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich, according to NBA front-office sources.

Sources stressed to ESPN.com that no deal was imminent Thursday and that both Portland and Utah are still evaluating additional trade scenarios. But two sources with knowledge of the three-team proposal confirmed that there have been substantive talks aimed at landing Boozer in Chicago, Hinrich in Portland and Tyrus Thomas in Utah.

The deal would seem to make sense for the Bulls (financially) and Boozer (who’s been said to want out of Utah for some time now, and this move would allow Utah to ink Paul Millsap long-term). Chicago is trying to free up cap space for next summer (this could help them clear about $20 mil in salary), and with Carlos entering the final year of his deal, this would give them a solid low-post presence in the increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

Whatever happens, I just hope that someone has video of Jerry Sloan’s reaction when told of the possibility that he might have to coach Tyrus Thomas.

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  • Cmac


  • Cmac

    yeh u got it right marcel somewhere jerry sloans brain has exploded

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Uh…. It works… but I don’t see any teams IMPROVING… just… being different.
    Gotta see what Portland gives up.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nichosmegasport andrew

    Dang. I thought this was quashed already? I think Booze’d be nice with Rose… similar player to D-Will to set him up etc. Could work.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    I’d like to see Hinrich play for Portland – that would be a nice fit.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Who’s that dude that looks like Billups looking on in the picture?
    Yeh, Um, agree with Jukai.

  • JRox

    Adrian Griffin?

  • a_whiteman

    This deal would make chicago very scary

  • a_whiteman

    Jukai how do portland and chicago NOT improve with this deal???

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Haha Hursty I was thinking the same thing, only not Billups but KG. Who absolutely do not look like eachother. I don’y know who that guy is. WHO IS HE?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Ok, so he kinda looks like Billups/KG and OLD MAN Karl Malone and… John Salmons sans beardie? Maybe you even wanna throw in some Dwight Howard?!?
    JRox – uhh, who that? I thought he was in college? Like a combo of the 2 Uconn guys?

  • larrylegend

    put boozer where he can do no harm…

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    By the way I do think that teams could improve from this deal, Hinrich would give the Blazers depth at the point, at which they’re a little thin. Plus Boozer in the Chi would instantly make chicago a lot better imo

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    He has a little bit of Kevin Willis in there too

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    whiteman – because they might have to give up someone like ghostface?! He’s the only centre they have (please don’t throw Oden at me) + he doesn’t fulfill the contractual requirements $ wise I don’t think.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Hot damn Hisham! Now I’m confuddled… hmm
    Help us out SLAM!

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    you’re right Hursty, Przybilla is really valuable to them. and i just checked the current roster for both the Bulls and the Jazz. I couldn’t find any pictures that resemble the guy we’re looking for.

  • a_whiteman

    I didn’t know that ghostface would be involved, that would not be smart give the frailness of oden, but to solidify the pg spot with a hinrich blake and bayless trio would be a huge boost.

  • a_whiteman

    Chicago is the big winner out of this, they become instantly better with boozer downlow. Is it just me or is the east becoming scarier then the west???

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Hmmmmmmm. Not sure what to say about all this. Chuck Norris would probably know what to do though.

  • sixersforlife_85

    It’s definitely Adrian Griffin, go to gettyimages

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Adrian Griffin it is

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    whiteman – just you. Portland is getting better, the Spurs got JEFFERSON from the Bucks, Dallas is good to go for another year or two, the Wizards are never healthy, Detroit is kinda frail atm. The Heat had one terrible season
    Bobcats are getting better, so are the Hawks, but so is OKC and (wow) Memphis.
    Overall, the West seeds wouls still romp the Easts.
    Look at last year, the year before, and the year before that. The West would win probably 6/8 from each cross competition.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Adrian Griffin it is!
    *Hi 5′s all round and next pub shout is on me!*

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    a_whiteman: Chicago doesn’t improve because I have doubts about Boozer’s abilities in Chicago’s system. Boozer would still be a 20-10 guy but I feel a lot of his intangibles, his drawing out the offense, his picks and screens, they’d be under-utilized in a fast-break or three-point shoot offense like Chicagos, although in fairness I don’t really watch enough of Chicago to know the intricacies of their offense. Yet, once again, we need to know the extent of what Chicago is giving away– if it’s just Boozer for Thomas and Kirk, they get an all-star started for two STARTER-level backups. I don’t think it makes Chicago worse, but just different.
    Portland just getting Captain Kirk straight up makes them better. That wont happen: Portland HAS to give something away.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Will Boozer be happy with any team he plays for?

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Jeff: he’s happy in every team he plays for. He just gets happier screwing teams over.

  • http://Slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Meh. Co-sign Jukai.

  • a_whiteman

    You make a good point about the little things he does, picks and ability to take the defender out to 15ft. I think that giving rose a guy like that will only benefit him and his progression. I think it helps their 3pt game as well cuz once boozer starts scoring most teams will drop down to double him leaving shooters good quality looks. Him and brad miller is a very skilled frontcourt

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    And Deng if he ever wakes up from his 9month basketball coma. He used to be ok too remember?

  • JRox

    Dude used to play for Dallas as “defensive stopper” I have no how he’s still in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    It appears Portland is part of every FA chase.

  • http://slamonline.com Philly’s Phinest

    Unfortunately, this trade could keep Jerryd Bayless (the next Steve Francis!) on the bench for the next couple of years…

  • Zach

    Bulls need to go through with this trade. we would be short a 2 guard by losing Hinrich, but this free alot of cap to bring in D Wade 2010. Think of it. Rose, Wade, Deng, Salmons, Boozer. thats a championship contender

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    Makes sense for all teams really. And tho Utah do get space to sign Millsap, if he goes elsewhere…they could be left with a swap of Boozer for Tyrus Thomas…not cool

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bulls should go after Paul Milsap, instead of Boozer.

  • Diesel

    If we get rid of BG and now possibly Heinrich, who will we kick the ball out to on all these dribble drives? No one left on the team can shoot threes.

  • Zach

    I agree with Diesel. John Salmons only hits about a quarter of the shots he takes. Rose won’t be able to do it all

  • mj23

    it’s a shame we lost Ben Gordon. Right now you would be looking at a line up of: Rose, Deng, Boozer, Miller, and Salmons and Noah off the bench. I don’t know much of the draft pick James Johnson.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    John Salmons was hurt last year (groin injury) and still played quite well. I think he can step in a do a good job if he’s healthy. I don’t think they’ll miss gordon as much as everybody is saying.

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    Andrew Bynum & Adam Morrison to Chicago for Hinrich and Noah.

  • nba kid

    Yeah, Bulls need to ink some kind of 3 point-shooting 2 guard. Salmons is an excellent slasher but he’s no marksman. Von Wafer and Keith Bogans come to mind as FA’s who can hit a triple.

  • Candyman

    John Salmons will be a AllStar this season. Trust man

  • Diesel

    I’ll reiterate…Rose, Deng, and Salmon’s games all revolve around driving to the basket and creating shots at the hoop. Noah doesn’t attempt a shot outside of 3 feet. Boozer can step oout to about 10 feet. Who on this team is going to score outside of 15 feet?

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    the blazers dont have to throw in anyone for this trade to go down.
    utah and chi town added the blazers in this trade simply to make the trade go down.
    if you guys research booze’s contract is a lot more than thomas’s therfor the trade wont work.
    but if chi town trades kirk to portland while aquring booze and letting go of tyrus then the trade works.
    so then after rip city gets kirk they can trade webster, blake, and a 2nd round pick for tayshaun =]].

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    John Salmons an all-star?? WoW, I dont think so. Maybe most improved player. I thought Booze and 2pac Okur agreed to play for jazz at least 1 more year?

  • JumpinJoe

    It’s a smoke screen…it won’t happen, get them busy, keep them busy and then, Pritch Slap ‘em behind their backs—Mislap will be going to Portland, or, the Jazz will go broke trying to battle Paul Allen’s deep pockets–think about it, who would want to live in Salt Lake City? Woooooo hoooooooooooooo it’s a party town!

  • edilvia4sho

    am I the only one who cares that KIRK, would have to leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Why do the Blazers keep trying to find Starting/All-Star caliber Forwards when they already have Lamarcus Aldridge?
    Also, the Jazz would be crazy to practically trade Carlos Boozer for Tyrus-freaking-Thomas…

  • http://bulls.com airs


  • edilvia4sho

    HEY Teddy, chill with Tyrusss okay! He’s been damn good to the Bulls on occasions! Mostly only shot-blokcing but theres no need to put him down! Oh yeah, and his wanna be jump-shot that he occasionally hits!

  • Zach

    I can’t remember the last time Aldridge played somewhat of a decent game. I would try and get soemone else too. Tryus is not a bad player when he wants to be.

  • Tom

    this would be great for the bulls

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy


  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com renz

    good boozer in chicago…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Can’t spell Boozer with the Z-Bo. Utah fans were polled and 72% are tired of him, citing several things (no defense, injuries-lack of games played). Milsap is going to sign with Portland from reports.

  • rob

    if i was portland id kill the deal and sign paul millsap and try to bring in someone like andre miller in a sign and trade deal with philly. that is prolly the best course of action. a heinrich for pryzbilla sounds good, but it would really affect their interior defence and also their depth because as we all know oden gets into foul trouble quite easily and Cousin isnt really a great defender.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Im with Teddy, Boozer is wayyy more valuable than Tyrus. And Aldridge has good games all the time. #2 option on the team. Learn about it, Zach..

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    I thought Booze would end up on one of Florida’s teams.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Didn’t the Bulls learn their lesson with the previous two Duke players they had?

  • edilvia4sho

    They wouldn’t be trading Boozer for just Tyrus, its Tyrus and HINRICH! And just like the Utah fans tired of Boozer, I’m a Chicago fan and I’m tired of him even being a possibility for the Bulls, he’s a bum! The BULLS shouldn’t give up HINRICH for him! End of story.

  • rob

    its not gonna happen! srry chi fans! but as u know by now, portland signed millsap to an offer sheet and if it goes thru, the deals dead and boozer will stay put. so the biggest loser in all of this is utah. after next summer they will be the eventual lottery team.

  • AR

    I don’t want him in NY either.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great


  • ngoiekafita

    @ nate the great: what’s wrong with ‘sap?
    I wouln’t mind getting HIM instead of Sideshow Varejo!

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    yeah, but i think its a waste. he is a restricted free agent which mean we cant trade him.
    he would be an overpaid bench player.
    and we have bigger problems then the pf spot.
    we need to first resign roy, and aldridge.
    and then find a better point guard.
    i really wanted a veteren pg like kidd, to help produce bayless.
    and then i wanted a defense leader at the small forward. i wanted to trade outlaw or webster and blake and a future first rounder for tayshaun prince.

  • hott

    You don’t want Boozer. He is just looking for a new cash cow. He will be hurt before the first game.