NBA Rumors: Boozer, Sessions, Miller and Jerry Reinsdorf

Carlos Boozer wants to play in Miami.

The two-time NBA All-Star said Monday that he and the Jazz have “mutually agreed” to a trade, and it would be “a beautiful thing” if he wound up reunited with Olympic teammate Dwyane Wade on the Heat.

“We first came here for tax reasons and fell in love with it,” Boozer said, taking a break from his campers. “We love the palm trees, the laid-back attitude, the sun, quality of life. It’s like paradise here, and I would love to be part of the Heat. They’re a very good team, and I’m real close to some of the guys. Dwyane and I started to get close at the Athens Olympics in 2004, and I’d love to play on his team. Plus, I already live here. I’m just waiting to see what happens.”

The Heat have a few trade chips, but when considering Boozer, who is in the final year of his contract, the Jazz aren’t going to want to take only expiring salaries in a trade. They might as well keep him for the year and hope they can make some noise in the playoffs.

Udonis Haslem is a good player, but he’s in the final year of his deal. Would Miami be willing to part with Michael Beasley? Would Jerry Sloan even want him? Miami may need to get a third team involved to facilitate this deal.

Knicks, Clippers interested in Ramon Sessions.

Sessions, the Milwaukee Bucks talented young point guard who is a restricted free agent, is drawing intense interest from the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

Both teams are considering offering Sessions their mid-level exception, which starts at $5.854 million in the first season. The annual salary then can increase each year thereafter by a maximum of eight percent — or $468,000.

It is believed James “Chubby’’ Wells, Sessions’ agent, is looking for a five-year deal that would be worth approximately $34.5 million. Both the Knicks and Clippers apparently are amenable to that request.

Meanwhile, the NY Post reports that the Knicks are prepared to offer Sessions a long-term deal worth $26 million.

The Knicks became reluctant to get serious about Sessions earlier this month. They felt the Bucks would match a mid-level offer and didn’t want to be tied up waiting on Milwaukee.

Now they think the Bucks will pass because of their comfort level with first-round draft pick Brandon Jennings, who is the centerpiece of the team’s season-ticket marketing campaign on their Web site.

After giving away Richard Jefferson and letting Charlie Villanueva walk with no compensation, are the Bucks prepared to let Sessions walk without getting anything in return? He is one of the best young point guards in the league, but with Brandon Jennings’ solid performance in summer league and the team’s decision to use Jennings as the centerpiece of their marketing campaign, the Knicks and Clippers smell blood. Whoever gets Sessions is going to get a guy who has a great chance to be a top 10 point guard for the next seven or eight years.

Andre Miller isn’t getting much love in free agency.

“We are still in the sign-and-trade mode,” Stefanski said about his talk with Andy Miller, with whom he has spoken frequently since NBA free agency began.

According to an NBA source, the Sixers have not been exactly bombarded with offers for a sign-and-trade agreement involving Miller. The 33-year-old Miller, who was hoping to land a three-year contract in the $30 million range, was offered one year for about $6 million by the Sixers.

Miller wants $30 million over three seasons, but I don’t think he’s going to get it. If he lowered his price tag to the mid-level, he might be able to get a three- or four-year deal, but even that is a long deal for a 33-year-old. He played very well last season, so he can be of help, but he’s at his best in an up-tempo offense and there aren’t a lot of suitors out there. Save for the Knicks and Pacers (who are rebuilding), he teams in the top 10 of pace (possessions per game) are all set at point guard.

Bulls will be careful in 2010, according to CEO Jerry Reinsdorf.

Q: The Bulls will have some $25 million in salary-cap room projected to spend on the star-studded 2010 free-agent class. After spending $60 million on free agent Ben Wallace with little to show for it, are you leery of courting another big-money player?

A: Yes. But the only way you can avoid making a mistake is not to make a decision. Even Jerry West has made mistakes, and he’s probably the best in the business. Even [Red] Auerbach made mistakes. Was Ben Wallace a mistake? Probably. Because what we didn’t think about is Ben needs to play alongside somebody who can score a lot of points. But I don’t think it’s about Ben Wallace that makes us be careful. It’s the thought that when you make a mistake, you own that mistake. So we’ve got to be careful.

Really? Ben Wallace needs to play alongside a guy who can score? It took a contract worth $60 million for you to realize that, Jerry?

$60 million was waaaaaay too much to pay for a player with Wallace’s offensive limitations. Even if a guy is the best defensive center in the league, it doesn’t make him worth $15 million per year.

Reinsdorf goes on to say that Pau Gasol is the Lakers’ “third-best player,” so I guess he’d put Lamar Odom (or Ron Artest?) ahead of the Spaniard. Sigh.

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