The free agent power forward sings a slightly different tune than last summer...
Last summer, Carlos Boozer exercised the final year option on his Utah Jazz contract and then proceeded to go on a Chicago/Miami media blitz to try and drum up support for a trade out of Salt Lake City.
It didn't work.
A year later, he's back on Chicago radio but amenable to a return to Utah. After telling Chicago radio hosts "Waddle and Silvy" that winning a championship was his first priority in free agency, the hosts assumed that would eliminate Utah from consideration.
Boozer was adamant in his response:
"OH NO, NOT AT ALL! Absolutely a huge consideration. In Utah, we'd have a chance to win a championship there as well. I want to make it clear, that's your number one thing is winning a championship. You want to be on a team that's going to win a championship. That's your number one goal."
Whenever you hear that answer from Boozer or any other free agent, the automatic next question should always be, "Then you're willing to take the league minimum to play with LeBron?"
Anyway, he's given the repeated cue by the homerish hosts to extol the virtues of Chicago and responds in kind.
"I think the Bulls are probably going to be on everybody's list where guys would like to go. But at the same time, also on my list is being in Utah and where I was at there. They're going to be other teams as well so it's going to be an interesting, interesting summer. I think the Bulls are going to be one of those teams that everybody is going to be intrigued by to see what they're going to do. And that's no different for me."
He then evaded all other free agency questions like a Kobe Bry... okay, I'll stop.
You will be happy to know that he is in Miami "working on his tan."
He also made sure not to end the interview before plugging his basketball camp slated for August in Juneau, Alaska. And then, naturally, the fantasy camp happening in September in Miami.
This led to countless car accidents in Chicago as listeners feverishly wrote down the contact information for both.