Carlos Boozer's No. 1 choice is Miami Heat


Carlos Boozer was born in Germany, raised in Alaska, spent his college years at Duke and played with the Utah Jazz for the past five seasons. But ask him what city he considers home and where he would like to be traded and, without hesitation, he replies: “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.

Boozer and his wife, CeCe, have spent every offseason since 2004 in Miami — first in a Brickell Key condominium and then in a $7.3 million waterfront home in Coconut Grove with their three children — 3-year-old son Carmani and twin 2-year-olds Cameron and Cayden. That house is for sale, but they plan to stay in the area.

He runs a summer basketball camp at Gulliver Prep Academy in Kendall, along with good friend Benny Fragela, a former Coral Gables High guard he met during pickup games with Alonzo Mourning. He has many other close friends in South Florida, including Wade, his Olympic teammate in Athens and Beijing, and is crossing his fingers the Heat and Jazz can work a deal.

“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.”

Boozer, 27, said he and the Jazz have agreed to part ways, and it’s just a matter of “finding the right fit and making it happen.” He said there is no timetable, and the first thing he does every morning is check his cell phone to see if there are any messages about his next destination.

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