Carlos Boozer seems to have soured a relationship with another team in the NBA. Not only do the Utah Jazz look like they’re willing to make Paul Millsap their power forward of the future to go along with trading Boozer, but it appears from an outsider’s perspective that contract squabbles have really put a strain on their relationship with Carlos. That being said, if the Bulls are able to acquire the Booze as rumored, then sign him to a long-term deal (which may require some overpaying), Boozer will produce for them. He has a very solid complimentary game which would fit well with a growing Derrick Rose, and I personally feel Carlos’ leadership abilities have grown a little bit as well. He took the team on his back for their one win versus the Lakers this past postseason, and he appeared to be a little more vocal at times back in the regular season. Boozer joined ESPN Chicago to discuss that the Jazz have told him they’re headed in another direction, if he would happy to play for the Bulls, whether or not he could convince Dwyane Wade to come to Chicago, and if he’s set on exploring free agency in 2010.
Do you think you will be traded?
“Yeah I do. I had a talk with the Jazz. The Jazz told me they want to go in a different direction and I respect their decision. We mutually agreed to work out a trade that was beneficial for them and beneficial for my family and me. So with that being said, I’m gonna be traded relatively soon or in good time.”
Will you be traded to the Chicago Bulls?
“I definitely heard a little rumbling about it. Whether it will go down or not, it’s kind of between the Jazz and Chicago, but obviously if I did get traded to Chicago, I’d love to be a part of the Bulls.”
What is feeling about the Chicago Bulls organization?
“Great organization, top notch from top to bottom. They do things very professionally there. At the same time, they have a good group of talent there, obviously with Derrick Rose at the helm and being Rookie of the Year last year, and having some very good talent around him. Very good team. If I was able to come there, I’d bring a lot, especially in the low post and being a leader as well. We’ll see what happens.”
Are you set on free agency?
“I’d definitely be open to signing an extension and be locked into a team – obviously, one that wanted me to be there in the future and one I thought would have a chance to succeed. That would be something me and my agent would explore right away.”
Do you see similar aspects of Rose and Deron Williams?
“They’re both big body point guards. They have incredible speed and quickness. Derrick Rose is probably one of the most athletic guards I’ve seen in a very long time – especially at the point guard position, probably the most athletic point guard I’ve seen. He grew up a lot during the course of the season, had a monster playoff series, a memorable one with Boston, but very good, bright future, very talented, very humble. I love his demeanor, he never seems shaken, never seems too excited, he always has the same Tim Duncan look; you never know if you’re up by 20 or down by 20. Very explosive player, and I see a lot of similarities between him and Deron. Very good passer, very good explosive player, and he’s fun to watch.”
Could you influence Dwyane Wade to come to Chicago?
“Well, me and D-Wade are very close. We talk quite a bit but that’s a decision he has to make with himself and obviously if I did come to the Bulls, and get a D-Wade on our team, I’d love to have D-Wade play for us. At the same time, D-Wade is like me and wants to win a championship bad. If I was able to go to the Bulls and get D-Wade to come, we’d be right there at the top of the list.”