By Joe Nelson
According to Peter Vecsey, Utah star, Carlos Boozer is unsure whether he'll return to the team or opt out of his deal to become a free agent. Who is on Boozer's radar? The New Jersey Nets and the Detroit Pistons is what Boozer was telling his close friends, according to Vecsey.
Boozer would be a welcome addition to the Nets' frontline and in my mind would make them immediate contenders in the East. With a young crop of players including rising stars, Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, along with two standout players, Vince Carter and Boozer, the Nets will be a tough team to stop offensively. With the departure of Boozer, more playing time and exposure will come for Paul Millsap, a young, talented player who came off the bench for the Jazz and averaged almost 14 points and 9 boards a game.
Vecsey, from the New York Post also believes the only way for the Nets to get Boozer would be a sign and trade. In my mind, a perfect deal for both teams would be the Nets' first round pick along with second year player Ryan Anderson, who showed off some offensive skill even though only averaging 7.4 points a game, he still showed promise. If that didn't do it for Utah, I would substitute Anderson with a more skilled offensive player like Bobby Simmons.
No matter how the Nets do this, they have to make a move on Boozer. This could be the piece that completes the puzzle. They will be well balanced with outside scorers (Carter and Harris) and frontline scorers and rebounders (Boozer and Lopez). As well as a solid scoring bench with Keyon Dooling and Chris "CDR" Douglas-Roberts.
It should be exciting to see if New Jersey will fill their holes through free agency, or the NBA Draft, which takes place on June 25. Rod Thorn has decisions to make, and he better make up his mind soon.