During his interview with WEEI this morning, Gary Washburn said Carlos Boozer could be a wild card free agent signing for the Celtics.
“I would say a long shot would be Carlos Boozer,” Washburn said when asked for a player, besides the Millers, the C’s could be after.
This kind of reminds me of the Dumb and Dumber ”So you’re telling me there’s a chance?” scene. A chance, sure, but this is a million to one at best. First of all, Boozer’s in line for a big, big deal. Don’t think so? Well, there are a whole bunch of teams with a whole bunch of cap space, and only a few true max players. If there’s one thing I know about NBA GMs, it’s that they don’t keep cap space for later. They use it, now, regardless of whether players deserve the available money.
So Boozer is worth a lot more than the Celtics have to offer. Can you see him saying, “Oh, no. Please, I’m begging. I don’t want $15 million a year! Not when the Celtics are offering the mid-level exception!” Me neither. There are a few players who would sacrifice money for a chance at winning. Carlos Boozer doesn’t seem like one of them. If the deal did work, it would have to be a sign-and-trade. And, uhh, what exactly do the Celtics have to offer?
The deal doesn’t make basketball sense, either. Boozer’s too small to play alongside Kevin Garnett, and I hate to break it to you but I don’t think he’s willing to come off the bench.
So no, folks, I don’t think you’ll see Carlos Boozer in Green next season. Nor, I think, should you even really want him. Look at every recent champion — length kills, folks, and Carlos Boozer doesn’t have it.