Chicago and Miami frontrunners for Boozer

Salt Lake Tribune

He returned to that theme when asked about a Tuesday radio interview in which Boozer said he had been told the Jazz were going in a "different direction" and that he expected to be traded "relatively soon.""We expect any player that’s under contract — and especially one that decided to opt-in — to come and compete," O’Connor said.

The Jazz, however, appear unlikely to smooth things over with Boozer the way they did with Andrei Kirilenko after the Russian forward demanded a trade in 2007, particularly after re-signing Millsap.

Chicago and Miami have emerged as the frontrunners for Boozer, while the Jazz would like to add a shot-blocker or shooter. The Jazz also are expected trim their payroll from the current $82 million, $12 million over the luxury-tax threshold.

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