Is this really happening? Boozer reportedly interested in playing for the Rockets

Wow - I'm actually surprised that nobody else picked up on this first.  A Jazz blogger sent it my way.  I can’t even type the words, just read for yourself.

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

In December, Carlos Boozer made it clear that he was opting out of his current contract with the Jazz.  Already, he is naming one team that has attracted his interest.

"I think I'd be a great fit in Houston," Boozer told the Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler. "I've been thinking about it for a long time now.  I'm great friends with Shane [Battier] and I think it would be a great fit for me.  That said, I'm still open to the possibility of staying in Utah."

Boozer, 27, and Battier were teammates at Duke University for three seasons, as Boozer decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2002 NBA draft.  The duo won a championship under head coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2001.

When asked if there were any other teams that he was interested in, Boozer shrugged and responded: "I haven't really looked at anything else yet.  I'm going to talk to my agent, and if something can be worked out with the Rockets, then that's where I'll be."

Boozer says he and Rockets GM Daryl Morey have been in constant conversation since December, and that Morey has "definitely shown interest."

"He told me that if it would work contractually, I'd be a great asset for his team," said Boozer.  "I know he wants me there - we are just going to have to work out the money issues.  I'll leave that to my agent, and we'll see what can be done."

Morey would not comment in depth on the matter, only saying, "Carlos is certainly on our radar, but as for now, we have got to focus on winning with the guys we have."

If the Rockets were to make an attempt to sign Boozer, there would be a sudden logjam at power forward, with Luis Scola, Carl Landry, and Chuck Hayes already on the roster.  Scola, Landry, and Hayes all declined to comment.


Seriously, I just threw up in my mouth.  Carlos Boozer?  Really?  I can’t even think straight right now.  What does that mean for Carl Landry?  How on earth could this team go after power forward when it has other needs?  If we do this, can we sign Ron Artest in the off-season as well (no)?  And Morey would have just said no if he wasn’t interested.

What do y’all think, am I just overreacting? 


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