Jan 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Jordan Hill (27) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers swap Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash?


The Chicago Bulls clearly want to do whatever they can to get rid of Carlos Boozer, but would prefer to trade him rather than waiving him via the amnesty clause.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes the Bulls should consider trading Boozer to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Steve Nash and shooting guard Jodie Meeks, who would have to be acquired in a sign-and-trade.

I think a couple of the salary cap teams will look at Boozer… Philly could be one. I think the Lakers could be one. All of it is possible.

I have said for a while if I am Chicago I offer one of the picks and Boozer and see who will take him.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.

I wouldn’t drill into just the 76ers, but they have the kinds of assets that Chicago would surely look at. No one really has the cap space to “absorb” Boozer until July when the new cap gets set, so whatever picks get involved would be used by the team and then traded later.

Boozer averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while Nash put up 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in just 15 games and Meeks went for 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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  • Pimptastic

    Wouldn’t trade Meeks straight up for Boozer at this point in his career, but if it lands another draft pick and if Boozer comes off the books at the end of the season, I’d definitely consider it depending on the pick.

    • Leroy Boyd

      You cant trade Boozer straight up Meeks makes no where near 16 mil, furthermore no way would the Bulls want Nash on their team? I cant think of any reason why if we are talking about Jimmer’s inability to play because he cant defend we know Nash cant guard his own children letalone another NBA player. Defense wise Nash has to be the worst point guard on defense in the NBA. So as rumors go this has to be the cluncker of the year so far.

      • Pimptastic

        Not my rumor fam, was just a response to the article. As far as the money goes, Nash makes nearly 10 mil, and it’s expiring, so that is the only value he has at the moment. As for Meeks numbers on a sign and trade don’t factor in (not sure what his market value would be after this past season, definitely up from whatever he was making before though), another piece theoretically could be involved to make the numbers work, if this rumor had legs at all.

        • Leroy Boyd

          You got to think that move has no chance of even being thought about by the Bulls. Simply because if they take back salary for Boozer they have no chance if signing Melo. Now if Melo goes to another team or stays in NY than that has about a 10 % chance of happening I still believe no Melo than we are talking about Mirotic and possible Stuckey as probable the second plan

          • Pimptastic

            What do you think are the chances of Deng coming back?

          • Leroy Boyd

            Two things have to happen 1. They cant sign Melo 2. Nobody offers Deng more than 10 mil a year. Other wise I dont think the Bulls will get him. I think the Bulls are going to go in another direction and it depends on Melo. I read on some site that Mirotic might be tried at the small forward if that’s the case I dont see how the Bulls would sign Deng.

            The Bulls I believe have 2 plans 1. Melo 2. Mirotic and after them its all about getting the second unit some reliable scorers.

          • Pimptastic

            Sounds like a plan. Who would they be looking at to shore up the bench?

          • Leroy Boyd

            Well we know right now we have Dunleavy, Snell and Greg Smith. There is also a rumor out there that they are interested in Devin Harris for the second PG simply because they believe that the cost and years DJ will want and what other teams might offer the Bulls wont match. FA will decide a lot of the Bulls move and I also think the Melo decision is also one way or another will determine who the Bulls go after. If they acquire Melo all other issues will be around the second unit.

      • hookedonnews

        Actually I saw some stats last year comparing the defense of PGs, and Nash was in the middle of the pack. This rumor is obviously the figment of someone’s imagination. Of course, no one is going to make a trade for Nash because of the health concerns.

        • Leroy Boyd

          You cant be serious Nash in the middle of the pack on on defense. please numbers lie if they say Nash was in the middle of any defense category. Nash has never been a defensive player his entire career. Against any team that has a elite PG Nash never guards them. You are right about this article it is someone who has nothing of substance to wtite about. Furthermore his injury history has nothing to do with it as much as him being 40 years old.

          • hookedonnews

            I’m not in the habit of making things up. There was an article (Bleacher Report I believe) that had stats for all the PGs. Actually Nash usually guards Chris Paul and Tony Parker, but there are PGs that he doesn’t guard. No one is claiming he’s a great defender, but his defensive liabilities have been exaggerated. No PG is going to keep another elite PG out of the paint. That’s why LeBron guarded Tony Parker in the Finals last season. Actually it’s not Nash’s age that is the problem. He was an All-Star at 38 and came to the Lakers healthy. If not for the broken leg that caused the nerve problems he would probably still be the same player he was in 2012. There will articles likes this every day until the draft and all the trades take place. Most of them are nothing more than speculation.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Hook
            I didn’t or wanted to imply that I doubted what you stated I was questioning any stat that said Nash was in the middle if any defensive stat.

            I go by what I see and Nash cant guard a blind man. You actually think that Nash if not hurt would be as good at 40 years old. You are right about the defense of PG’s. Yet I have seen Rose kill all of them on both ends, and that included CP DWill, Westbrook Rondo and Parker. Rose kill Chalmers so bad they had to use Bron on him. We know the all star selection is about fan support.

            Again you are right about these type of articles until all the moves are made and trades we will have some writer come up with his/her idea that would be a great move for sone team.

  • hookedonnews

    Why would the Lakers take this contract off Chicago’s hands voluntarily? I don’t know who dreamed this up, but Mitch Kupchak would probably laugh at the idea.