Another player on Howard’s short list, sources say, is Utah free agent Carlos Boozer, who would allow Howard to flourish as a defensive and rebounding force without having to handle the bulk of the scoring on the block, too. The capped-out Magic, of course, would have to acquire Boozer via a sign-and-trade arrangement. The Jazz might be enticed by Brandon Bass and free agent J.J. Redick, for starters.
A lot of fans have also thrown out Marcin Gortat's name as well. He would be a better fit than Redick given we just drafted Hayward. This would be a better overall trade for the Jazz than the one for Lee.
I've stated before that if Boozer gets a max deal, it's because some team that crashed and burned going after the big three, will throw the kitchen sink at someone like Boozer because they'll feel pressured to land someone with a big name. The other recipient of such a decision? Perhaps Kyle Korver. He's not going to get anywhere close to a max deal, but he could have a lot of money thrown at him. According to the New York Post, he's one of the Knicks' targets,
The Knicks' pie-in-the-sky dream is for Johnson to verbally agree to a maximum contract and take that news to James tomorrow for their meeting in the Akron, Ohio, area. The Knicks also are sending out front-office officials to other areas at midnight -- expected to be targeting sharpshooters Kyle Korver in Utah, Mike Miller in Orlando and Ray Allen.
The Knicks have room for two max deals but will still have plenty of change left over. His offer won't come until the dust has settled a bit, but it could price him right out of Utah.
The other thing to be watching for when free agency starts tonight is the re-signing of Wesley Matthews. It's my personal belief that it's more important to bring him back than it is Boozer. The Jazz are going to have to match anything that he gets offered. Hopefully something can be worked out before then.
The past couple of seasons have seen the Jazz get burned because they waited to see what the market would be for Miles and Millsap. They should know what the market will be for Matthews and offer him maybe a little bit more than a fair deal to get the job done. They've very much been passive when it comes to their restricted free agents and need to flip that and be aggressive.
After all, they let Brewer go and handed the starting job to Matthews. If they were going to do that, they need to make sure this gets done quickly and show some commitment to the man.
Just a small pet peeve that's related to free agency. Can we just do away with midnight? It confuses everything when you say something like, "Let's meet up at midnight on Thursday." I don't know what you're doing at midnight on a Thursday, but that's your problem.
Anyway, while midnight on Thursday is 12:00 a.m., as in very early Thursday morning, some people think that midnight on Thursday means late Thursday night, right after 11:59:59 p.m.
So let's just do away with midnight and use either 11:59 p.m. or 12:10 a.m. We can add those missed 365 minutes in a leap month or something every four years.
Of course if you use military time, disregard; you're doing it right.