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Boozer gives Bulls what they need

7/8/2010 - NBA Chicago Bulls

Forget about LeBron James for a minute.

Signing Carlos Boozer to a five-year, $80 million deal is a pretty solid move on its own merits, especially considering the market. I would take Boozer over Joe Johnson, who is getting $40 million more from the Hawks, in a nanosecond. I viewed Boozer as essentially even with Amare Stoudemire -- less risky, but with less upside -- and Stoudemire is getting $19 million more from New York. In fact, beyond the holy trinity of LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the aforementioned Stoudemire, I would take Boozer over every other player on the market.