Boozer says Jazz will trade him

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Carlos Boozer doesn’t expect to be playingfor the Utah Jazz this season. Just two weeks ago, Boozer opted to remain with the Jazz for thefinal year of his contract, The two-time All-Star told a Chicago radio station Tuesday heexpects the Jazz to trade him. Boozer told WMVP that he and theJazz agreed to work out a trade that benefits everybody involved. Boozer said he expected to be traded relatively soon. Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor did not return messagesseeking comment Tuesday.—Here’s the transcript of what Boozer had to say with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman of WMVP, ESPN Radio 1000:

<em>Question: Do you think you will be traded? Carlos Boozer: Yeah I do. I had a talk with the Jazz. The Jazz told me they want to go in a different direction and I respect their decision. We mutually agreed to work out a trade that was beneficial for them and beneficial for my family and me. So with that being said I’m gonna be traded relatively soon or in good time. Q: Will you be traded to the Chicago Bulls? Boozer: I definitely heard a little rumbling about it, whether it will go down or not. It’s kind of between the Jazz and Chicago but obviously if I did get traded to Chicago, I’d love to be apart of the Bulls Q: What is feeling about the Chicago Bulls organization? Boozer: Great organization, top notch from top to bottom. They do things very professionally there. At the same time they have a good group of talent there. Obviously with Derrick Rose at the helm and being Rookie of the Year last year and having some very good talent around him. Very good team. If I was able to come there, I’d bring a lot, especially in the low post and being a leader as well. We’ll see what happens. Q: Are you set on free agency? Boozer: I’d definitely be open to signing an extension and be locked into a team. Obviously one that wanted me to be there in the future and one I thought would have a chance to succeed. That would be something me and my agent would explore right away. Q: Do you see similar aspects of Rose and Williams? Boozer: They’re both big body point guards. They have incredible speed and quickness. Derrick Rose is probably one of the most athletic guards I’ve seen in a very long time. Especially at the point guard position, probably the most athletic point guard I’ve see. He grew up a lot during the course of the season, had a monster playoff series, a memorable one with Boston. But very good. Bright future, very talented, very humble. I love his demeanor, he never seems shaken, never seems too excited, he always has the same Tim Duncan look; you never know if you’re up by 20 or down by 20. Very explosive player, and I see a lot of similarities between him and Deron. Very good passer, very good explosive player, and he’s fun to watch. Q: Do you think Rose needs to be more of a leader? Boozer: Well I haven’t got a chance to play with Rose yet. I think when you’re as talented as he is he sees something out there that he needs to let his teammates know what he sees and I would encourage him to assert himself more as a leader because the point guard of the team is like the quarterback for our sport. As more comfortable he becomes being the leader and the point guard of the Chicago Bulls he’ll assert himself more in the leadership role Q: Could you influence Dwayne Wade to come to Chicago? Boozer: Well me and D-Wade are very close. We talk quite a bit but that’s a decision he has to make with himself and obviously if I did come to the bulls and get a D-Wade on our team, I’d love to have D-Wade play for us. At the same time, D-Wade is like me and wants to win a championship bad. If I was able to go to the Bulls and get D-Wade to come we’d be right there at the top of the list. Q: Can you stay healthy? Boozer: Absolutely. I’ve had a couple of spells, injuries that I cant control but my body feels 100% I’m healthy and doing really well. I’m looking forward to next season so much to prove to everybody that I can play through the whole season and at the same time to dominate again, so I’m looking forward to it. Q: Are the Bulls your number 1 destination? Boozer: We’ll see what happens, I mean I’d love to be a part of the Chicago Bulls. A lot of that lays in the Utah Jazz hands but we’ll see what they wanna do and hopefully I’ll do what’s best for me as well. If it happens I’ll be very happy.</em>

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