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Utah Jazz Seeking Sign-And-Trade With Bulls For Carlos Boozer

Tim Buckley and Jody Genessy of the Deseret News write that Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor will look at sign-and-trade possibilities so that the team can get something out of power forward Carlos Boozer’s departure to the Chicago Bulls.

O’Connor said he would initiate sign-and-trade talks with the Bulls.

“I’ve got to talk with them,” O’Connor said, “and see if Chicago is interested.”

A sign-and-trade between Utah and Chicago could add one year to Boozer’s deal.

It’s believed the Jazz would not be able to land Bulls small forward Luol Deng as part of a sign-and-trade, but their target could be Chicago power forward Taj Gibson.

The Bulls have no need to trade either player and can keep both if they want to. However, they could simply offer a giant trade exception to the Jazz in exchange for Boozer which would provide some extra flexibility for the Jazz down the road.