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“I love D’Antoni, he’s the dope,” Boozer told the paper. “Spending time with him in the Olympics, his offensive mindset is unbelievable. He’s got the best plays I’ve ever been around — on a whim. It’s like rappers when they come out on the top of the dome with quotes. He’s got plays in the back of his head with plays for that moment.”
Boozer also went out of his way to let the New York reporters know he’s a New York Yankees fan.,231033

Carlos Boozer is in the final year of his contract that is paying him $12.6 million this season. Since 2004-2005 season he has made at least $10 million per year. This all means he will not come cheap if he decides to leave Utah. After appearing in just 37 games last year, Boozer has missed only 3 games averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds. The Jazz are currently the number three seed in the West with 49 wins.

Boozer is one of the best power forwards in the league but not a good fit for New York. Boozer is most likely to move on because the Jazz extended Paul Millsap to a four-year, $32 million dollar contact last summer. Boozer will be turning 29 years old in November and has been in the NBA for 8 seasons. He has played in 51 or fewer games in three of them due to various injuries.

Boozer is not the kind of player the Knicks need since he is primarily a back to the basket player and does not block many shots. For his career his average is .5 blocks per game. He is an excellent bounder but so is David Lee. If the Knicks can sign Lee it would make more sense long-term. Lee is averaging more points, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, steals, higher FT% and less turnovers per game. Lee has improved his range and is a terrific pick and roll player in the Knicks system. While Boozer is a must better post defender he does not execute the pick and roll as much.

Lee will be turning 27 in April and made the All-Star team this season for the first time in his career. Including this season Lee has missed 3 games over the past three years and has been one of the few bright stops in another disappointing year. Like Boozer, it took Lee his 5th season in the league to average 20 points. The Knicks need to add size (center) and a shot blocker not another 6″8″  forward. Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire should be the focus.

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