Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
You can stop all the mewing over Boozer having no value, even in relation to his onerous contract. Arguably, in fact, he’s back on the upswing.
Boozer played in every game of the 2011-12 season, a task he had never accomplished before in his career. His 19.7 PER ranked second on the team behind Rose, his 7.6 win shares were second behind Noah and his .187 win shares/48 was third behind Rose and Noah. So it’s safe to say that Booz was no worse than the third most valuable player on the team that won more games than anybody in 2011-12.
And for all the talk of simply dumping Boozer, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf is also very unlikely to amnesty a player who is still producing, even modestly, for his club—particularly one who isn't a "problem" (Eddie Robinson, Metta World Peace, et. al).
With his stock as high as it will ever get in Chicago, coupled with the apparent implausibility of amnesty, the time to move Boozer is now. In the process, Forman could saddle a future rival with a queasy contract.
Dealing Boozer to Philly preys on Philadelphia’s need to win now. As much as the East (save for the Miami Heat) is in transition, the conference is getting better overall. Brooklyn and New York are on the rise, making the Atlantic Division, at the very least, no picnic. Andrew Bynum was a huge move for the 76ers, but Boozer makes the Sixers better; as in Indiana, having a strong second option down low will keep defenses honest. Boozer would provide ideal protection for Bynum, the new franchise cornerstone.
The acquisition of Bynum, for the most part, renders Spencer Hawes expendable, if not extraneous. Jason Richardson would also come to the Bulls not as a bonus but as a bit of an offset to the salary the Sixers take on in Boozer.