Monday, July 20, 2009
From the Miami Herald:
Two-time NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer said he and the Utah Jazz have "mutually agreed'' to a trade, and it would be "a beautiful thing'' if he could wind up reunited with Olympic teammate Dwyane Wade on the Heat.
Boozer, who owns a waterfront house in Miami and has spent the past five off-seasons here, runs a summer basketball camp at Gulliver Prep Academy in Kendall and said he considers Miami home.
''My wife [CeCe] and I first came here for tax reasons, and fell in love with it,'' Boozer said Monday. ``Love the palm trees, the laid-back attitude, the sun, quality of life. It's like paradise here, and I would love to be part of the Heat. They're a very good team, and I'm real close to some of the guys. Dwyane and I started to get close at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and I'd love to play on his team. Plus, I already live here. I'm just waiting to see what happens.''
If Carlos Boozer is traded to the Miami Heat, which is what it's looking like, a series of event will occur for the New York Knicks.
First, New York won't be able to get their hands on his sweet expiring $12 million contract. That would give them less money to work with in 2010. It would also leave them without a power forward, possibly nudging them to re-sign David Lee. Unless Donnie Walsh wants to rely on Chris Bosh being around during the "Summer of LeBron" he should sign somebody.
But most importantly, Boozer could very well please Dwyane Wade, maybe so much so that he signs that contract extension offered to him last week. That leaves next summer without one max free agent and one less superstar the Knicks have a chance to sign.
While nothing has officially happened, it appears as if Carlos Boozer will go to the Miami Heat, continuing the offseason of improvements in the Eastern Conference.