Jan 29, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) reacts against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at the AT&T Center. Chicago beat San Antonio 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Carlos Boozer to the Phoenix Suns?

If the last few days of NBA trade rumors have indicated anything, it’s that the Phoenix Suns are going to be big-time buyers at this year’s NBA trade deadline.

The Suns have been rumored to the Los Angeles Lakers (Pau Gasol) and the Memphis Grizzlies (Zach Randolph) already, and now, you can possibly (probably) add the Chicago Bulls to that list, as the Suns continue to attempt to find a “featured big man” that could help in a late season playoff push. The Bulls have Carlos Boozer and, it appears, the Suns want him – or at least have some sort of interest in him.

[Basketball Insiders]

Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Larry Sanders, Omer Asik, Anderson Varejao, Carlos Boozer, Spencer Hawes and maybe even Brook Lopez are a few of the bigger names that are believed to be available. If the Suns could add a star-level big man to their front line they might just have enough talent to get to the second round.

The Suns haven’t been directly attached to Boozer’s name, but in essence you can connect the dots.

Phoenix wants a big man and if they can’t get their hands on Pau Gasol or Zach Randolph, you’d think they’d try and pry Boozer away from the Bulls. And with an expiring contract like Emeka Okafor’s and a flurry of draft picks, the Suns can pretty much have whomever they wish – assuming the opposition is willing to dance.

It’s almost a forgone conclusion that the Suns are going to get somebody. The question is – who?

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  • Z Kendall

    I don’t see dumping Boozer simply to free up cash (as in expiring contract for injured player). The last time there was a big free agent year, Boozer was our consolation prize. I don’t see Bulls with much hope of grabbing anybody better this year.

    Another first round draft pick would be…maybe a good idea, but the way Thibs likes to develop rookies, means we’d basically be getting a guy who would be a non-factor for a year basically making the Bulls a non-factor next year.

    • Leroy Boyd

      from your point it appears that way but getting rid if Boozer for a expiring contract for the Bulls is a great move. That move means they dont have to amnesty nor pay his salary if they amnesty him. Secondly we know Thibs and rookies dont mix until someone gets hurt.

      But with the added 1st round pick they could use it in a trade. But the real deal is to get rid of Boozer and not having to pay anything to him

      • Z Kendall

        I see your point about not paying Boozer, and about adding a first round pick to use as trade bait, but I’m not on the ANTI-Boozer bandwagon. I think he has been playing pretty solid (maybe not on defense so much, but…) it’s not Boozer’s fault that they offered him a contract he was never going to live up too.

        What we might end up getting with extra $ or a trade involving an extra first round pick…is an unknown. We know what Boozer contributes to the team already. And paying him for one last year while we wait for draft picks to develop, and Buddy (not going to try to spell his name) to come over from Europe doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea to me.

        We have no idea what Indiana and Miami are going to look like next year.