Carlos Boozer wants out so badly it seems he's forgotten what team owns his contract.
And while he spends part of his summer practically begging other NBA teams to take an interest, another Utah Jazz player just wants a chance to play for the minimum.
Say hello to Goran Suton, rookie power forward.
Suton, whom the Jazz selected in the second round of last month's draft, is a long, long, long shot to make Utah's 2009-10 roster.
It's not that the former Michigan State standout isn't good, because he is. And it's not that the 6-foot-10, 245-pound native of Bosnia isn't tough enough for coach Jerry Sloan, because once you've lived in a war zone, you're plenty tough enough for the NBA.
No, the problem is, the Jazz already have 13 players under contract and even if Boozer gets his wish and is traded sometime this week, chances are there won't be enough room for Suton, even on the bench.
Still, he's doing what he can to get the team's attention.
Beginning Monday, he will embark on a brutal 12-day, 31-stop road trip for the Jr. Jazz basketball program.
He'll be doing a series of hour-long clinics for kids in towns throughout Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada.
Just for giggles, let's take a look at Suton's schedule for the next couple of days.
On Monday, he makes appearances in Dugway (10 a.m.), West Wendover, Nev. (1:30 p.m.) and Ely, Nev. (5:30 p.m.).
On Tuesday, he will be in Delta (noon), Fillmore (2 p.m.) and South Sevier (4:30 p.m.).
On Wednesday, it's on to Escalante (11 a.m.), Tropic (1:30 p.m.) and Orderville (4:30 p.m.).
There are five more stops peppered throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday, too.
Come the third week in August, Boozer will either have been dealt to another team -- the Knicks, the Bulls, the Heat; who knows? -- or he will still be on the Jazz roster.
Either way, he remains the summer's biggest sports story.
For Suton, the third week in August brings another adventure, with stops in Morgan, Tremonton and Pocatello, Idaho, all in one day. He'll get up the next morning and head off to Soda Springs, Malad and Logan.
Oh but wait, there's more!
On the 19th, he will arrive in Wyoming and stay there through the 21st. Along the way, he'll shake hands with folks in Evanston, Kemmerer, Green River, Rock Springs, Hanna, Rawlins, Lander and Jackson Hole.
I haven't seen his calender, but I'd be surprised if Boozer wasn't scheduled to spend the 19th through the 21st in Miami, with dinner reservations at some of the finest restaurants on South Beach.
But, please, don't misunderstand our little exercise here. Boozer is an NBA veteran, he's shown he can play at a high level, he's an All-Star. Suton, on the other hand, has a little summer league experience behind him, but he has yet to play in an actual regular-season game.
Veterans aren't expected to make long, Jr. Jazz road trips in the dead of summer. Rookies are.
Still, it paints an interesting contrast, doesn't it?
Two guys, one team, both play the same position. One guy now wants out so badly he's trying to make trade arrangements on his own, apparently without even consulting with the Jazz.
The other guy wants a chance to prove himself, and he's willing to travel from Orderville to Jackson Hole -- and nearly every point in between -- just to do it.
Jim Burton is the Standard-Examiner's sports columnist. He also covers the Utah Jazz. He can be reached at (801) 625-4265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.