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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap just won his own game of home run derby by signing a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers; it includes a $10.3 million payment upfront, due within a week of the NBA's approval.
That's the part giving the Jazz the most angst. But from all indications, the team plans to match Portland's offer by Friday and keep Millsap, then deal with Carlos Boozer.
Here's what ESPN's Michael Wilbon and Bob Ryan said Monday about Millsap and Boozer:
"Millsap seems like he's the guy that can play in a lot of different systems -- gives you rebounds, gives you toughness as a scorer as much as Boozer. I like Boozer. I'd like to have Boozer, but I understand Millsap's popularity," Wilbon said.
He continued, "They can't get big people and keep the most expensive people. They gotta turn it over and anticipate new stars.
Bob Ryan responded to Wilbon by saying, "Don't you think the idea of Boozer is, you know, like a locker room lawyer. Just an itchy, you know, ... he's a problem guy. He worries me."