By Bryan Jeon
Utah matched Portland’s four-year, $32 million offer for Paul Millsap, solidifying the Jazz’s claim that Carlos Boozer is no longer in their long-term plans. With the 24-year-old Millsap the starting power forward of the future in Utah, current discussions have Boozer going to Chicago in a three-team trade.
What’s been baffling the league is why Portland almost wasted $8 million a year for LaMarcus Aldridge‘s backup
when they could have used that money to try to get Lamar Odom, where they lack at small forward? Granted, they are that third team in the rumored three-team trade and could have just been putting the pressure on Utah to make a move, but that’s quite a bold move by Portland just to save some time. Well, now that that money is freed up again and the Lakers recently pulling out of a three-year, $27 million offer to Odom, Portland needs to step in now after its failed attempts at getting Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto.
Odom and the Lakers agreed to the $9 million annual salary, but Odom balked at the Lakers offering the 29-year-old forward just a three-year deal. Another Lakers forward playing hardball this offseason. Trevor Ariza, anyone?