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Carlos Boozer -vs- Cleveland Cavaliers

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Carlos Boozer -vs- Cleveland Cavaliers

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By DOUG ALDEN, Associated Press Writer

7/15/2004 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Cleveland forward Carlos Boozer signed an offer sheet with the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, an expected move that drew heavy criticism around the league.

Boozer and the Jazz agreed to the six-year, $68 million offer sheet last week.

The Cavaliers believed they had an understanding with Boozer when they did not pick up the third year option on his contract.

But Boozer (pictured, above) denied any agreement was in place and accepted $27 million more than Cleveland could pay him.

Detroit center Mehmet Okur also signed a six-year, $50 million offer sheet with the Jazz on Wednesday.

Both the Cavs and the Pistons have 15 days to match Utah's offer, but neither is expected to because they don't have enough money under the salary cap.

"Now it's up to the other team to make a decision," Jazz vice president Kevin O'Connor said.

The Cavs had declined to exercise a $695,000 option on Boozer's contract -- thereby making him a restricted free agent -- in the belief he would accept a six-year, $41 million deal to remain in Cleveland.

On Monday, Cleveland made a last-ditch effort to retain Boozer, offering him a one-year contract worth about $5 million.

Boozer, the Cavs' second-round draft pick in 2002, is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)