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Here is an interesting thought... (Larry are you listening?):
Utah Jazz get:
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. 3 yr, 29.3M
Maceo Baston 1 yr, 2.27M
---CY Salary: 11.27M ------Total Salaries: 31.57M
Indiana Pacers get:
Carlos Boozer 1 yr, 11.59M (player option for 12.32M)
---CY Salary: 11.59M ------Total Salaries: 11.59M
Boozer is in a weird situation. He is coming off an injury which has claimed roughly 35-40 games this year. He still is not back. However, Utah is in a situation where they need Boozer to opt out so they can afford to sign Paul Milsap, who is younger and they can utilize their restriction on him. If Boozer does not opt out, because of his injury, they won't be able to afford going over the LT to resign Milsap. Thats not something Utah is known for. Think Indy. This trade does two things for the Jazz. They ensure they can resign Milsap and want to get something for a guy they are losing this summer anyway. Bring in some talent and a very important expiring to the Jazz's cap situation. They maximize their money by getting Dunleavy at about 9M. That is about the most they could replace Boozer with in a trade where it is not an expiring. They get an unbelievable player that fits that team extremely well. He would adapt fluidly to Sloan's system (and rules).
Boozer will be back in the next couple of weeks. Let him get some significant burn with us so he can hopefully find a groove with some of our guys and get to know us as a team. Get him some time with our core players. Tell him you plan on playing him as many minutes as we can get out of him so he can showcase for his impending free agency. We could tell Boozer that we would like him to opt out and come to terms on an extension with us. If he isn't sure about signing with us, let him go get some offers and keep us informed at least. I think thats the kind of mentality you have to have to approach a big free agent like Boozer. Make sure he has a chance to know the organization. If all else fails and he walks on us, at least we got rid of a large three year deal in the process. I love Dun, but for money's sake, it would have to be done on the Pacers part.
We have several second round picks in the next few years. They could really use those unguaranteed rookie contracts as well. Might be helpful to throw a few of those at them to help with financial flexibility to ensure the deal gets done.