What does the future hold for Carlos Boozer?
The NBA season is over for the majority of the teams in the league as is only four teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic) are left competing for an NBA title in the playoffs.
One of the teams that looked quite promising in the first round of the playoffs was the Utah Jazz who seemed to be coming together at the right time with a late-season charge heading into the postseason. After convincing beating the Denver Nuggets in the first round, Carlos Boozer and company looked like they could go far in the playoffs, especially with the Dallas Mavericks also heading home early after being beat by the San Antonio Spurs.
Obviously, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers were predicted to be
the team to advance out of the Western Conference to the NBA Finals, but the Utah Jazz had high hopes of taking the defending champs the distance after seeing how they struggled against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.
Not only was there a light at the end of the tunnel for Deron Williams and his squad after seeing Kobe Bryant and company struggle against the Thunder, but the Jazz had really shown how good the really are by dominating the Denver Nuggets.
One key piece to the puzzle for the Utah Jazz heading into their second round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers was the play of both Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer. If these two players could have a good series, the Jazz had hope of advancing.
Unfortunately, the Utah Jazz had mismatch problems all over the place against the defending champs and couldn’t compete with obviously a much better team.
Not only was the lost to the Lakers in four games a tough thing to swallow, but the future was also something on their minds as their roster could look very different next season. The Jazz had no worries at point guard as Deron Williams is still under contract, but Carlos Boozer will officially become a free agent starting July 1st and chances are that he will be heading elsewhere.
Over the past two seasons or so, the Utah Jazz have witnessed backup power forward Paul Milsap come into his own when Carlos Boozer has been injured.
Milsap has played so good in Boozer’s absence that the team actually has seriously considered parting ways with the former All-Star via trade.
Even though Boozer has still yet to be traded and will no longer be traded due to free agency, unless a sign-and-trade deal goes down, the Utah Jazz could quite possibly be on the bottom of his list of possible destinations.
There have only really been two teams in the league that have been trying to get their hands on Carlos Boozer over the last two years in the Detroit Pistons and the Miami Heat. At one point there seemed to be a deal in the works that would send Boozer to Utah in exchange for Richard Hamilton and or Tayshawn Prince.
The other deal was more recent as the Miami Heat were looking to pull the trigger right before the NBA trade deadline this past February after they couldn’t make a deal with the Phoenix Suns for Amare Stoudemire.
Obviously, neither one of these deals went down, but in the offseason the Miami Heat will almost certainly be reaching out to Boozer once again in an attempt to surround Dwyane Wade with some much needed talent.
So if I was to bet on where Carlos Boozer would be playing next season it would without doubt be with the Miami Heat, but the New York Knicks could also be a place the former All-Star could end up with.
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