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NBA Trade Rumors: Phoenix Suns interested in Carlos Boozer trade?

Feb 1, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) drives past New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 1, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) drives past New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are perhaps the most interesting team to watch as the NBA trade deadline approaches. Armed with Emeka Okafor and a string of draft picks, the Suns are almost certain to make a trade before the deadline passes and fans are scanning the list of names that could be added to the roster by the end of Feburary.

We’ve heard names like Evan Turner and Pau Gasol in trade rumors, but one name that might make some sense is Carlos Boozer. The Chicago Bulls are rumored to be amnestying him in the offseason and he’s recently grown frustrated with his reduced role thanks to Taj Gibson.

Bill Ingram from Basketball Insiders states that Boozer’s name is among a few to keep an eye on as the deadline approaches.

Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Larry Sanders, Omer Asik, Anderson Varejao, Carlos Boozer, Spencer Hawes and maybe even Brook Lopez are a few of the bigger names that are believed to be available. If the Suns could add a star-level big man to their front line they might just have enough talent to get to the second round.

The Bulls don’t want to totally rebuild through the draft, but freeing up Boozer’s cap figure as well as getting more first-round picks could be a deal they want.

If Chicago is going to axe Boozer in the summer, they might eat a little bit of his deal if if means getting picks back to move around in what is being called the deepest draft class in years.

Topics: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Boozer to Suns for Okafor and a 1st rounder yea I bet you a arm the Bulls would do that the second the Suns made the offer

  • thebigaz

    Please no, Suns do not do this trade.

  • Jeremy Paulison

    Lol… McDonough has said over and over again that he is only going to make a trade if it’s for a young elite/semi-elite player that can go grow with the team… Boozer is neither young or elite… The only trade I could see Phoenix actually doing is some sort of Okafor and a pick for Turner and Hawes swap.

    • John Henry

      They have also said they are now willing to take on a short term rental for the playoff run without sacrificing future cap space. That is why Pau Gasol would work, it would just be a one year rental.

  • J Taylor

    At the moment, Phoenix is tied for the last seed for the playoffs. Missing the playoffs would be disasterous, and the team needs to do whatever it takes to make sure they make the final 8 in the West.

    If the Front Office botches this next move, and misses the playoffs, you could imagine the nightmare. I bet Cleveland wishes it had taken the Lakers’ offer instead of Chicago’s.

    Keep in mind, the “4 first round picks” in this year’s lottery seem to be mid-teens at best. That’s not nearly the value it seems. Who’s left when you pick at #14, #17, #20 & #22? If Phoenix makes the playoffs, their pick will be closer to #22 than #10.

    • John Henry

      The Suns are currently 6th in the west….

    • Leroy Boyd

      The 4 picks 14,17,20 and 22 are higher than what Butler, Gibson, Snell and Mirotic were drafted I say either one of those pick and the expiring contact of Okafor is a solid trade which includes Boozer outta here make the trade now

    • Jeremy Paulison

      Tied for 8th? In what world? There is a legitimately chance we could win the Pacific Division and NOBODY thought that… But now all of a sudden, NOT making the playoffs would be a disaster? It would be disappointing, but then we’d get lottery pick!

    • ScottS42444

      The reason this draft is so highly thought of is that it is NOT just a top heavy draft. There are legitimate NBA starters that will be around in the 20′s (of course, this depends on who opts out). There will be players taken in the teens that will easily surpass the output of last year’s draft “headliners” such as Bennett, McLemore, Muhammad, Noel, etc. I think that is the reason why Phoenix could get a legitimate post presence like Gasol or Boozer for the 20th pick and an expiring contract. Also, Boozer CANNOT be amnestied if the Suns acquire him, but his contract is up after the 2014-2015 season. They have enough room under the cap, he can still contribute and would bring a veteran presence to the team (with deep round playoff experience), is IMMEDIATELY the best post player on the team in both the rebounding and scoring categories, AND would be a large expiring contract NEXT season. As a Bulls fan, I of course would jump for joy if the Bulls were able to shave a little more room under the cap AND get an extra draft pick. But, I definitely can see why Phoenix would be interested in this as well. I feel that the Bulls should use the expiring deal of Boozer as an asset next season if they are unable to move up in the draft for “their buy” and are unable to land a superstar. The 2015 free agent class has Love, Aldridge, etc. It will be a much more loaded class than 2014. Phoenix would really benefit from 1 1/2 seasons of Boozer.

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