Boozer blunder could seal Paxson's fate

Updated: July 10, 2004, 2:12 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Money. Greed. Betrayal. Revenge. $52 million wedding gifts.

We had it all Thursday. The NBA game itself may have enough problems to make it uninteresting to some. But you don't have a pulse if you haven't been enthralled with this summer's free-agent wooing process. It's just a matter of time before NBATV gets involved and runs daily episodes to compete with the Days of Our Lives.

Soap opera writers can't make this stuff up.

Wednesday, Insider reported that Cavs GM Jim Paxson should be sweating bullets over the status of Carlos Boozer. By the afternoon, Insider was first to report the Jazz were on the verge of offering Boozer a six-year, $68 million deal that he likely would accept.

By Thursday night, Boozer had taken the money, the Cavs essentially were calling Boozer a liar, Paxson was sweating his job and Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor was cementing his status as the front-runner for executive of the year.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer