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?