Friday , Dec , 19 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Planning to Go after Carlos Boozer?


Wallace ($13.8 million) and Allen Iverson ($21 million) coming off the Pistons’ payroll this summer, Detroit will be among the teams in position to offer the 6-foot-9 all-star a long-term deal and a bump in salary over the $12.7 million he would earn next season if he were not a free agent.

"I don’t see why I wouldn’t (become a free agent this summer)," Boozer told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "I think it’s a very good business decision for me and my family, but I’d also like to see what happens with the Jazz and stay here."

The Jazz are in town tonight, but Boozer, a two-time All-Star, will not play due to a strained left quadriceps tendon injury.

"Without Boozer, they’re still a really good team," Pistons coach Michael Curry said. "With Boozer, that takes them to the elite level."

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