Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Heat working "furiously" to land Boozer and Lamar Odom, per Yahoo! sports

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as an update to my earlier post..

LAS VEGAS – Pat Riley has listened to Dwyane Wade(notes) express his unease with
the Miami Heat sitting out the Eastern Conference’s arms race this summer. As
the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic elevated themselves as
championship contenders, the Heat president sold his superstar on patience,
promising a plan to surround him with talent for the long run.

Now, the
Heat are working furiously to deliver Lamar Odom(notes) and Carlos Boozer(notes)
to the shores of Biscayne Bay. The Heat are trying to sell Odom on a five-year,
$34 million contract at the mid-level exception, and a league executive with
knowledge of the talks says Miami has also hatched a three-way proposal with the
Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies to secure Boozer.

The essentials of a
possible deal would include Miami sending forward Udonis Haslem(notes) and
Dorrell Wright to Utah. Because Memphis is under the cap, Utah could move
Wright’s $2.8 million salary to the Grizzlies and save itself approximately $5.6
million with salary and luxury-tax payments. Memphis would probably get cash and
picks for its trouble. The Heat would have to send one more small contract to
make the math on the salary exchange work.

Miami could pay Boozer
his $12.7 million salary this season and own his Bird rights to sign him to an
extension next summer.

The deal isn’t considered imminent, but the Jazz
are working hard to find a suitable trade for Boozer. Utah is determined to
match the Portland Trail Blazers’ $32 million offer sheet for restricted free
agent Paul Millsap(notes). Utah has until the end of the week to match or lose
the young power forward to the Blazers. Most league executives believe that Utah
will match the offer, regardless of whether they’ve moved Boozer.

Portland is still trying to pry Tayshaun Prince(notes) out of
Detroit in a three-way deal with Utah, but Pistons president Joe Dumars hasn’t
shown an inclination to move Prince and extend Boozer’s contract, league sources
say. Several league executives are dubious of Boozer as a $14 million-a-year
player, which his agent, Rob Pelinka, has told teams it will take to sign him to
an extension. Miami could be the suitor willing to pay it.

The Los
Angeles Lakers’ standoff with Odom is still fluid, but a source close to Odom
insists he would probably only leave L.A. for Miami, not the Dallas Mavericks,
who are also pursuing him. Odom’s agent is trying to get a five-year, $45
million deal out of the Lakers, who have offered four years and $36 million.

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