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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Boozer, Okur sign lucrative offer sheets with Jazz

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posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 02:32 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Cleveland forward Carlos Boozer and Detroit center Mehmet Okur have signed multi-year offer sheets with the Utah Jazz, the team said Wednesday.

Terms of the offers were not announced, though Boozer's has been widely reported to be a six-year deal worth $68 million. Okur's is reportedly worth $50 million over six years.

Both the Cavs and the Pistons have 15 days to match Utah's offer, but neither is expected to because they don't have enough money under the salary cap.

"Now it's up to the other team to make a decision," Jazz Vice President Kevin O'Connor said.

Boozer's reputation has taken a beating in recent days after he spurned what the team said was a verbal agreement to come back to the Cavs. Boozer denied any agreement was in place, and a last-minute $5 million offer wasn't enough.

The Cavs had declined to exercise a $695,000 option on Boozer's contract -- thereby making him a restricted free agent -- in the belief he would accept a six-year, $41 million deal to remain in Cleveland.

Boozer, the Cavs' second-round draft pick (No. 35 overall) in 2002, is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds.

posted on Jul, 17 2004 @ 09:28 AM
Hopefully the Cavs can't work anything out for Boozer.

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