Boozer on the trading block

Utah Jazz looking to move star forward and resign Millsap

Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009

Less than a month before hosting a basketball camp in his hometown of Juneau, Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer could be on the move to Chicago in a three-team deal headlined by himself and Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

According to an report, the Portland Trailblazers would like to pair Hinrich with Brandon Roy in their back court, and the Bulls have long been seeking an offensive threat like Boozer in the low post.

The deal, which also could land Tyrus Thomas in Utah, may have been shot down Friday, as Portland extended a four-year offer to restricted free agent Paul Millsap for $32 million, according to the ESPN report.

The Jazz would have to match the offer to keep Millsap, who backed up Boozer last season, averaging 13.5 points per game and netting 19 straight double-doubles after Boozer played in just 37 games because of injuries.

Even if Boozer doesn't end up in Chicago, the Jazz will likely try and move him somewhere else to open up the salary cap space to keep Millsap. Utah has seven days to extend a matching offer, or loseMillsap to Portland.

Boozer declined the option to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, electing to stay in Utah for at least one more season at a salary of $12.7 million.

Another kink in the deal could be Chicago's willingness to give up Hinrich, who would likely see more playing time after the departure of guard Ben Gordon, who signed with the Detroit Pistons.

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