Boozer's Backstab

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, July 8, 2004 - 11:43 PM
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The Cavs wanted to do Carlos Boozer a favor; they figured he deserved it.

Now, Cleveland may lose one of its Olympians.

Boozer agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz Thursday. ESPN.com reports it's worth $68 million over six years.

The Cavs declined to pick up a one-year, $700,000 team option on Boozer, which allowed the power forward to become a restricted free agent. Both Cleveland and Boozer indicated that the U.S. Olympic team member would re-sign with the Cavs.

Cleveland can match Utah's offer, which doesn't become official until July 14. The Cavs then get 15 days to either match it or let Boozer sign with the Jazz.

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