Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boozer and Okur sign offer sheets with Jazz

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Forwards Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur
both signed offer sheets with the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Boozer’s deal is reportedly for six years and worth $68 million, while Okur
inked a reported six-year, $50 million deal.

The 22-year-old Boozer averaged 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds in 75 games for
the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. A two-year veteran, Boozer, who played
his college ball at Duke, ranked third in the league in defensive boards
per game (8.4).

Cleveland abandoned its contractual rights to Boozer after last season,
deciding not to pick up an option that would have cost less than $700,000 in
hopes that Boozer would re-sign for a six-year mid-level exception.

Okur, 25, played 71 games for the world champion Detroit Pistons last season.
He averaged 9.6 points and 5.9 boards in 22.3 minutes per game. The 6-11 Okur
was originally selected by Detroit in the second round (38th pick overall)
of the 2001 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers and Pistons both have 15 days to match the offers made to both

In a letter to Cavalier fans, team owner Gordon Gund wrote: “We currently
have no intention of matching Utah’s offer to Carlos.”