Will Boozer succumb to temptation?

Updated: July 8, 2004, 12:57 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
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Tuesday, we wrote that free-agent spending was out of control, and that was before Rafer Alston and Hedo Turkoglu agreed to big, multi-year offers with the Raptors and Magic.

What's really amazing is that all of these big deals have been offered and there's still a number of teams with major cap room to spend.

The Hawks still have all $20 million to blow. The Bobcats haven't spent a penny of their $17 million. The Nuggets and Jazz both still have between $15 and $16 million. The Spurs and Clippers have around $14 million each.

If Kobe Bryant re-signs with the Lakers and Kenyon Martin re-ups with the Nets, both very likely at this point, where is all that money going to go?

Emanuel Ginobili will get a big chunk of either the Nuggets' or Spurs' dough. The Clippers likely will use their money on Kobe or to match the Suns' six-year, $50 million offer to Quentin Richardson.

After that, there's only one guy left who's worth major cash -- Carlos Boozer. If I'm Cavs GM Jim Paxson, I'm sweating bullets right now.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer