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Cavs Said to Make 1-Year Offer to Boozer

July 12, 2004

Making a last-ditch effort to retain Carlos Boozer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered him a one-year contract worth about $5 million amid reports he will part ways with his agent, The Associated Press has learned.

The power forward’s reputation has taken a beating over the past week after he stunned Cleveland by agreeing to a $68 million offer from the Utah Jazz. Days earlier, the Cavs declined to exercise a $695,000 option on Boozer’s contract _ thereby making him a free agent _ in the belief he would accept a 6-year, $41 million deal to remain in Cleveland.

But the move backfired when Boozer reneged on a verbal understanding with the Cavs and decided to take $27 million more from Utah.

Boozer’s decision has been heavily criticized around the NBA, with agents and team executives saying it has undermined the mutual trust many of them have for one another.

If Boozer accepts the Cavs’ new offer, which was confirmed to the AP by a source close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity, he would put himself in position to be eligible next summer for an even larger contract than the ones Utah and Cleveland have offered.

Boozer and his agent, Rob Pelinka, did not return phone calls Monday.

Pelinka’s boss, Arn Tellem, did not return a call seeking comment on reports that his agency, SFX, has decided to part ways with Boozer in the wake of the contract fiasco.

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