February 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (10) controls the ball against Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Steve Nash, Carlos Boozer trade possible?


Since the beginning of this season, Lakers fans have long looked for a way to shed the contract of Steve Nash, who can hardly play multiple games in a week. While maybe not necessarily likely, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders offered an intriguing opportunity to shed Nash’s contract and get value in return.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else

The deal would require the Lakers to take on Boozer’s $16.8 million contract, but it could open some intriguing options. For one, Boozer would offer a lot more on the court than Nash possibly could for the Lakers next season. If they’re committed to the philosophy shared by Kobe Bryant of winning now, bringing in Boozer would be an upgrade over most of the post options the Lakers had last season.

Furthermore, bringing in Boozer’s expiring contract could create more trade scenarios. Boozer’s huge expiring contract is more valuable as a trade asset than even Nash’s contract. Boozer can at least provide something on the court, which is far from a guarantee with Nash. If the Lakers are really committed on bringing in Kevin Love, Boozer could be an interesting trade asset, paired with multiple other players, possibly in a mid-season trade.

However, the Lakers would have to send off a young, improving player in Jodie Meeks. Meeks was arguably the team’s MVP in a season riddled with injuries. He was unarguably the most improved player on the team, improving nearly every facet of his game and providing even more scoring.

Lakers fans, would you be willing to part with Meeks and Nash to bring in Boozer?

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.
Read more at http://www.basketballinsiders.com/chat/nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-52614/#ZktYCBuBCbtl2iEA.99

think a couple of the salary cap teams will look at Boozer… Philly could be one. I think the Lakers could be one. All of it is possible.

I have said for a while if I am Chicago I offer one of the picks and Boozer and see who will take him.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.
Read more at http://www.basketballinsiders.com/chat/nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-52614/#ZktYCBuBCbtl2iEA.99

I think a couple of the salary cap teams will look at Boozer… Philly could be one. I think the Lakers could be one. All of it is possible.

I have said for a while if I am Chicago I offer one of the picks and Boozer and see who will take him.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.
Read more at http://www.basketballinsiders.com/chat/nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-52614/#ZktYCBuBCbtl2iEA.99

I think a couple of the salary cap teams will look at Boozer… Philly could be one. I think the Lakers could be one. All of it is possible.

I have said for a while if I am Chicago I offer one of the picks and Boozer and see who will take him.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.
Read more at http://www.basketballinsiders.com/chat/nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-52614/#ZktYCBuBCbtl2iEA.99

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  • cyborgspider

    Short of trading away the pick, I’d be willing to part with any player (it’s not like we have a ton of indispensable parts anyway), Jack Nicholson or Jim Buss’s extensive cap collection to get ride of the Nash albatross. The ONLY value he brings is coaching or mentoring a Marcus Smart/LaVine/new PG, but if the Lakers don’t draft or sign one, what’s the point?

  • p.rob.

    Dnt like Boozer, but at least he can get on the court, which is more than the Dead weight Nash brings.Would hate to part with Meeks.

  • ThreeOfive Logo Ellis

    Just to get rid of Nash… YES!!!!!! We will find another jodie meeks.

  • Dino Madness

    Please do this trade I don’t want to hear about Nash ever again. Were going to loose Meeks or Young anyways so is no lost since Meeks and Young will have huge offers that the Lakers won’t be able to match.

  • Mike Garcia

    Don’t like Boozer, but, he would be a 2nd or 3rd option on offense, has 20′ range. Would appreciate a 1st rounder as well.

  • hookedonnews

    Ridiculous idea that will never happen. $16 million for Boozer? No way.

    • Dino Madness

      Come on hookonnews this is probably the best Idea ever. We let the Nash dead weight go away and we get Boozer for one year in which he can contribute unlike Nash. We can finally close the door on the Nash-D’Antoni nightmare and move forward.

      • hookedonnews

        This is an idea that would never occur to Mitch Kupchak and shouldn’t. Boozer isn’t worth anywhere close to $16 million. They are not interested in a one-year rental at that price. Why would you give up a promising young player like Meeks for him? Never going to happen. As I’ve already said, Nash wouldn’t agree to go, so the trade couldn’t happen in any case.

        • Mike Garcia

          Perfect 1-year rental for the free agency season of 2015.

          • hookedonnews

            And how are you going to get him? Meeks would have to agree to a sign and trade, and so would Nash. Nash has said he’s not leaving LA because he doesn’t want to move his kids again, and as I’ve said more than once it’s unlikely that any team would trade for him considering the health questions. I don’t know how Meeks feels about going to Chicago. He might be able to get more money elsewhere, or he might prefer to stay in LA. These kind of rumors have no substance behind them. Boozer is a decent player, but I don’t see any way to get him in a trade. If you could pick him up for a few million it might be worth looking into, but $16 million is way too much. This team needs a lot of players signed this summer because they only have 4 right now. Don’t see them putting that kind of money in a player like Boozer even if is was just for one season.

          • Dino Madness

            As far as I know Nash can be traded, he’ll simply retire if he’s traded. Even if the Lakers could not get any of their free agents to a sign and trade they could still make the trade because they can absorbed boozer’s salary since they will be around 25 mil under the cap. So they would be absorbing about 10 mil if there was no sign and trade available. I think Jacob Rude wrote the article because he knew there are many options for the Lakers to get this done if they wanted to do this trade. Anyways this is only a trade scenario for entertainment purposes and I would not worry about it happening, Nash is safe for now.

          • hookedonnews

            You’re right, this trade scenario is pure fantasy, and I never believed it could happen.

  • David Petrocelli

    i don’t like Boozer, but we’ll lose Meeks anyway so why not. More money in an expiring contract and we aren’t signing any big names this year anyway. Hopefully we can keep Jordan Hill and Pau. I still want both back in LA.

  • wangkon936

    Meeks is a free agent. The Lakers can’t trade him. Plus, Chicago does not want Nash. They want Gasol. Gasol is also a free agent.

    This entire article was pretty pointless.