Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer announced on Tuesday that he is exercising his player option for 2009-10. Boozer will make $12.657 million this season and join the famed 2010 class a free agent next summer. “We are excited that Carlos has decided to remain with the Jazz,” said Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor. “We are hopeful he can continue to play at an All-Star level and will have an injury-free season.”
Boozer had been widely expected to become a free agent, but the economic climate of the NBA made delaying his free agency by one season a prudent decision.
This means that the New Jersey Nets will lose out on Boozer this season. But as Rod Thorn said in his conference call, the Nets can afford two maximum money players in 2010. Boozer has said that he would like to go to New Jersey, but that was when he was hinting towards an opt-out.
New Jersey hasn't had much success at power forward since Kenyon Martin was on the team. Boozer can be the proper replacement. Expect the Nets to try and grab him after this season.
Notice how Utah's GM hoped for "an injury-free season." That worries me. Beware of the Boozer.
We'll talk about this tonight on WCWP Sports.