HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

February 18, 2013 Updates
February 16, 2013 Updates

Doug Smith: Yes, there has been chatter about Bargnani-Boozer around here but I’m not sure if it’s just people catching up the first one or what. But my information remains as it was a week or so ago, there is no interest in taking on either Boozer or his more-costly contract. Toronto Star

February 15, 2013 Updates
February 14, 2013 Updates

Stein: 25 percent. If the Raptors hadn't already acquired Rudy Gay, this figure would be a lot higher, because Chicago's interest in Andrea Bargnani has not waned ... and Toronto doesn't have a long list of teams willing to take Bargnani on. But the Raps, eager as they are to ship Bargnani out, have understandable concerns about the luxury-tax implications of having both Gay and Boozer on their payroll. And Chicago likewise doesn't have a long list of teams prepared to absorb Boozer's contract. So if there's no Boozer deal to Toronto, I'm not sure that I see one. ESPN.com

February 12, 2013 Updates
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ESPN.com's Marc Stein first reported the talks, which a source told the Tribune were initiated by the Bulls and initially dismissed because of the Raptors' desire to land the Lakers' Pau Gasol. Though talks are not currently active, a source said the Raptors know the trade is available and could expand to include Nate Robinson and John Lucas III. Another source suggested it's unlikely the Raptors would take on Boozer's contract, which has $9.1 million more than Bargnani's over the next two seasons. Chicago Tribune

Despite the talks, there are no plans to use the amnesty provision on Boozer this summer. Boozer is having a strong season, but shedding his salary could improve the Bulls' long-term financial picture. Chicago Tribune

Carlos Boozer answered questions about the Bulls having preliminary discussions with Toronto about a trade that would send him to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani and then struggled to keep up with energetic Denver forward Kenneth Faried, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds despite sitting out the fourth quarter. “Interesting,” Boozer said when told of the report, before adding: “That’s part of the business this time of year. I can’t worry about things that may or may not happen.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 7, 2013 Updates

The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a deal that would swap the Bulls' Carlos Boozer for the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Other players with smaller contracts would have to be added to the deal to make the salary-cap math work, should talks indeed progress to a more serious level, but sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that both teams have given consideration to the move. From Chicago's perspective, sources said, Bargnani's arrival could help address their glaring lack of 3-point shooting and brighten the overall look of its payroll, given that the Italian forward makes $5 million less than Boozer this season. Despite his well-chronicled defensive deficiencies, Bargnani would figure to be an effective pick-and-roll partner for Derrick Rose, once Rose makes his expected return from knee surgery after the All-Star break. ESPN.com

The biggest impediment to such a trade, sources said, is believed to be whether Toronto can realistically afford having both Rudy Gay and Boozer on its payroll beyond this season. The Raptors, fresh off acquiring Gay from Memphis last week, have been openly shopping Bargnani, who resumed the most disappointing season of his career Wednesday night after missing 26 games with an elbow injury. ESPN.com

February 4, 2013 Updates
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Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer and Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 20. Boozer led the Bulls to a 3-1 week, which included wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. He averaged 23.0 points (fourth in the conference) and a league-leading 14.8 rebounds. Boozer recorded a point-rebound double-double in all four contests, including a 19-point, 20-rebound game on Jan. 18 during a 100-99 win over the Boston Celtics. USA Today Sports

January 4, 2013 Updates

So if there is a team that might like Boozer you assume it could be the Nets. Though I have not heard of any interest on their part or any discussions. I could see the Bulls doing so to get off that last year of Boozer’s deal. Yes, I know the Nets’ owner supposedly doesn’t worry about money. But that is maybe the biggest luxury tax penalty in NBA history were they to add Boozer’s salary. NBA.com

November 2, 2012 Updates

Like he has since the 2009-10 playoffs, Joakim Noah will hear the boos from the Cleveland faithful Friday night after he ripped the city during that playoff loss to the Cavs. “What’s so good about Cleveland?” Noah said back then. When pressed further by the media, Noah said, “You like it? You think Cleveland is cool? I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘I’m going to Cleveland on vacation.’ ’’ Boozer and Noah can insist that they’ve moved on all they want, but Cleveland hasn’t. “That story is over,’’ Boozer said, “ask me another question.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

November 1, 2012 Updates

John Hollinger: Thought it was a good deal for Chicago. Remember Gibson is very old for a fourth-year player so there's no real upside to factor in, unlike with the other guys. That said, Gibson is such a beast on defense - he's just waaaaaay more valuable at that end than the rest of the extension crew. Additionally, the $ are just low enough that it might take a Boozer amnesty out of play. ESPN.com

October 31, 2012 Updates

Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton don't care about the Bulls' grand plan to make the NBA Finals in 2014-15, because both will be long gone. But they represent solid bridge players intent on proving they're not getting older but better. "You definitely use it as motivation,'' Boozer said of age assumptions. Boozer lost 10 pounds and has looked more active than in past preseasons. Expect Boozer, 31 next month, to treat this as a contract year as threats of the Bulls exercising their amnesty option on him loom. Hamilton, 34, committed the summer to making his body stronger and more flexible. He won't have to deal with the compressed schedule of last season and returns, if healthy, as the Bulls' most viable option to take big shots. Chicago Tribune

Is the hate for Boozer solely rooted in expectations? Or is it so connected to his contract (five years, $75 million) that it is impossible to separate the two? The other hidden mathematic equation that can be applied to making a case for Boozer is what happens when he plays 70 or more games in a given season. In the last eight seasons, Boozer has played over 70 games only three times. It can't be a coincidence that those three seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10) were the best of his career, highlighted by him grabbing over 200 rebounds and scoring 400 points in 17 games (23.5 ppg/ 12.2rpg) during the 2006-07 Utah playoff run that basically had people calling him "the Karl Malone Remix." ESPN.com

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