Boozer is definately waiting until the summer to test the full market value of his year. If he gets hurt (knock on wood) he can take another year on his current contract.
Okur on the other hand, I think they might be able to get an extension out of him first thing in the summer. If we could have three more years of a reasonably priced Memo, say no more than 10M per year...I would be happy. I think he has some more room to improve, too.
He'll be 30 in May and his numbers were down other than 3% so what makes you think he'll be better?
I admit, I thought he was a couple year younger.
His numbers have dropped, but I think that is because he was filling the gap injured Boozer left in 05-06. Also, in that 06-07 year, he stepped up and kept the team winning before the ASG when Boozer went down for a while again. He did it so well, he got Boozer's spot on that All Star squad.
I guess my point is, when he has been called on to do more, he has done it better and better each year. His numbers are more reflective of how much he is asked to do, while his game seems to be getting mroe effective. But being 30 this year does make me think he has less room that I thought he did. Maybe he'll get a bit stronger in his old age, and if he keeps in shape like he is now he shouldn't get too much slower.
Don't think they have the tools for it.
They lack to athletecism to be intimidating shot blockers, but I think they can make up for that with size and toughness. A big mean defender can be just as intimidating. They aren't especially fast, especially lateraly, but big man defense is mostly knowing what ground to take. If they both learned perfect position man to man defense, and learned how to challenge a cutter without relying on hops and agility (ie stepping in anticipation and keeping arms straight up and down) the two of them could hold down the paint (they already do well rebounding) if they have help blocking shots (AK and a third big man).