Neither Millsap Nor Boozer Seem Happy In Utah, but That's OK
Siler reports Jazz boss Greg Miller told Boozer the All-Star isn't in the team's long-term plans, and agreed to try to trade him. I would not expect Utah to have trouble; even at $12 million, Boozer is too good to languish without suitors. But more interesting is Millsap's position in all of this.
Clearly, by pushing out Boozer, Utah has prioritized Millsap, who, while inferior offensively, is younger, stronger, more reliable, and (most importantly) cheaper. But are the Jazz prioritizing Millsap enough? The player's agent, DeAngelo Simmons, told Siler his client is upset Utah played the ol' "let the market decide how much we'll pay you" gambit.
Of course, there might be hard feelings about that now, but come October, when Millsap is a Day 1 starter (something he wouldn't have been in Portland) and cashing that $10 million lump sum payment (a $6-million signing bonus and 80% of the first year salary -- something Utah would never have given if not for the offer sheet process), I have a feeling the client will be just fine. In all honesty, this couldn't have worked out better for Millsap, providing he has a good financial advisor and actually likes Salt Lake City.