Chicago Bulls: Why Carlos Boozer Isn't Going to Be Amnestied

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIMay 22, 2012

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I know it is a popular opinion being shouted from the rooftops by many Bulls fans.

They are screaming for Gar Foreman to use the amnesty clause to cut Carlos Boozer free. What that means is that Boozer will become a free agent and while the Bulls still must pay the remainder of his salary it will not count against the salary cap.

Boozer is owed nearly $50 million over the final three years of his deal. That is a lot of money to pay someone to go away and play for another team, especially considering that he is healthy.

Also there is no great benefit to releasing Boozer. Because of Derrick Rose's contract extension kicking in, it would not provide a great deal of cap space.

Plus with Dwight Howard opting in for the final year of his contract there isn't anyone on the market that is much better.

If the Bulls ever plan on using the amnesty clause, it would be smart to wait till 2014 season when he is owed $16.8 million in the final year of the deal. That is when Luol Deng's contract expires so they would have some substantial cap space.

The Bulls will already be without Rose for possibly the entire season and could be missing Deng for part of it as well. Without those two, who will carry the offense?

The answer is Boozer.

Heading into the 2013-2013 season this will be his team. He is going to be the most skilled offensive player they have and is going to have to carry the load.

For those screaming, saying it's time for Taj Gibson to start, trust me the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I like Gibson, who is making a name for himself, but he is not on the same level offensively as Boozer.

The Bulls need someone capable of getting 20 points and 10 rebounds a night and that guy is Boozer, not Gibson.

So please Bulls fans, wise up and stop calling for the head of Boozer.



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