You are correct in that i did not like the Wally trade as it brought back damaged goods on a player who figured to have a quick decline shortly after 30 and plays the same position as our franchise player. Moving him to acquire what would be our best frontcourt player is one way to correct this move IMO and would be a major major help in improving our roster/lineup balance. If you replace Wally with the corpse known as Ratliff......well, the drunk comment earlier is spot-on.
As far as "going back on a blind man" it was Cleveland who reportedly offered a $40m deal the following season.......Boozer accepted a $68m deal immediately. I'd say that about 2% of the players in the NBA would have played for $850K and a $40m that is not even guaranteed yet rather than sign a $68m contract the next day. Was it ethical business? No it wasn't.....but if we were to shun every NBA player that would have agreed to Clevelands offer we would have trouble fielding a team.
I would like to point out that the firm Boozer's agent worked for fired him and then repudiated Boozer as a client. Most of the people who think what Boozer did is "OK" and feel that any NBA player would do the same thing are naive about how important keeping your word is in business. Even in the NBA.
Yes, people break promises in the NBA all the time. But they are carefully orchestrated by the parties involved and face-saving compromises are made. The "See you later and Fuck you very much" approach that Boozer used is almost unheard of (I am not absolving the Cavs from blame in this.) and is a HUGE RED FLAG.
The contract issue is ludicrous IMO as we would be swapping salaries. The extra years can easily be traded if need be as we have seen on numerous occasions around the league......length of contract means little unless the player is cripple and can't play, in this case insurance pays 80% of it. . If Jefferson were to someday reach Boozer's level he would command the same salary. The only difference is that he isn't remotely close to approaching Boozer today.
I gotta say, you have chutzpa. You have complained loud and long about the untradeable albatross contracts of Raef, Blount and even Scals. You have also done multiple posts about how important it is in today's NBA to have a nice large short term contract to trade to pick up those stars that people are trying to get rid of. Now you want to trade the sweet expiring contract of Theo for the four years left on the contract of an emotional and moral cripple? and this is OK cause the length of the contract means little?
The warning signs are out about Carlos Boozer. There is a reason that he is available. If this trade happened, I would bet you that everyone on this board would despise him as a player within a year and you would be using it as another reason why DA should be fired.
If we wanted to get a PF I would consider Martin. I would rather have a player who wants to play but is no longer physically capable of playing at a high level then some one who is capable but just doesn't want to make the effort, like boozer, like blount.