Posted by: Adam Mason on July 1st, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
As our man Danny Hansen has pointed out free agency has begun. Enjoy this offseason while you can because it will probably be a long time before the NBA has a free agent class like this. That, however, is not what this blog is about…it is about why Boozer might stay.
What might cause Boozer to leave via Free Agency:
- The Jazz aren’t willing to offer as much money as he would like.
- Miami is where his heart is and would love to live there permanently.
- Playing with someone like D-Wade would be awesome and adding another fine piece to the puzzle would be enticing.
- He might be able to market himself better in other cities, or obviously in bigger markets, such as New York and New Jersey.
Having said all this though, my personal belief is he will end up in Miami or back in the good ole town of SLC. He will play for a little less money in Miami because he loves it there and also there’s no state income tax, so in another wards he’ll get to keep a million or two. The reason I believe that he might stay in Utah is because of that little addage in the current Collective Bargaining agreement called “Larry Bird Exception”. It was created because of Boston who was the first team allowed to exceed the salary cap to sign a free agent, Larry Bird. This exception means that a team can exceed the salary cap and even head into the luxury tax threshold to re-sign their own free agent and can offer up to a max deal. This also means that Boozer would be very open to a sign and trade to get as much money as he can, therefore we would most likely get something out of him. This is because Larry Bird rights in contracts that are traded would travel with the player, so Booze’s contract from us would give him that option. This is also why we are hearing so many sign and trade possibilites for Chris Bosh because he wants as much money as possible.
If the statements are all true that Bosh and Stoudemire are more coveted free agent “big men” then this helps the Jazz’s chance to retain Boozer. KOC has said that re-signing Boozer is the team’s “top offseason priority.” The Jazz are more than willing to pay the luxury tax for another season in waiting for AK’s contract to be done and sign him to a smaller one or even trading AK’s contract since it will be an expiring one (which would be tougher than some might think). The only thing the Jazz would have to decide is whether or not they think Boozer is worth the max deal. Boozer is 28 and will turn 29 in November. Therefore being close to that 30 age, to convince him to stay, he might want a longer contract in order to get that guaranteed money. The Larry Bird exception allows you to offer up to six years in a max deal.
We all have heard how much Deron wants him back and who can blame him? We Jazz fans know how hard it is to lure in the best free agents. We’re not getting Wade, Lebron, Bosh, or even Stoudemire. Boozer is no doubt the team’s best option to resign to stay competitive, unless a sign and trade option brings us something decent in return. However, this is just my opinion. What do you think?
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