The Bulls game was on TNT last night, which meant Craig Sager was on hand to give a report. This is actually usually pretty interesting stuff: we've seen instances in the past where Sager broke some Rose news, and before that the infamous VDN-Paxson tie-grabbing incident. I'm guessing that players especially see Sager as a way to get word out to as many people as possible. And during this game Carlos Boozer had a message he wanted us to know. Ironically because it was on TV, though I heard it (and saw it referenced in the comments here) I couldn't find it anywhere. Luckily faithful BaB reader K_yle33 transcribed it for me: Although Carlos Boozer started all 46 games he has played this year, he is down to a career low 2.8 minutes in the 4th quarter. And after Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland earlier this year, Boozer began to wonder about his own future with the team. He told me tonight that he has been assured that he will not be traded by next week's deadline, nor will the team buyout the final year of his contract this summer UNLESS they can land a superstar which is too good to pass up. Emphasis mine, because: wow. Not so much the trade part, as though I do find it strange that any executive would make such 'assurances' to a player, it's just sensible to think a Boozer trade won't happen. While no player/contract in the NBA is untradeable, Boozer can be called such under the Bulls parameters: they don't want to take on money this year (luxury tax), and don't want any players signed through next year (in case they need cap space...more on that soon). No team is going to take on Boozer's $16.8m salary next year in that scenario, even if they traded the Bulls effectively nothing (like Phoenix giving an injured -and expiring contract- Okafor), without the Bulls adding sweeteners in the form of pick or other assets. You'd hope they wouldn't do that when amnesty is just as effective in getting Boozer off the books.
Boozer reportedly told he won't be traded
Blog-A-Bull | Feb 14