With the trade deadline just a few weeks away, many are wondering whether the Chicago Bulls will make a move—big or small. Carlos Boozer has been a heavily mentioned name by Bulls fans when discussing trade scenarios, but that has changed.
Boozer leads the Eastern Conference in double-doubles with 24, 10 of which came in the month of January, where he averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds. He also earned a Player of the Week award in that month.
There's no doubt that Boozer's value has increased, but would trading him be worth it? Let's look at a few reasons why the Booze Cruise should remain in Chicago.
Team Chemistry Would be Disrupted
In Boozer's first year, it seemed that he and All-Star center Joakim Noah did not mesh well on the court, which could have been a reason as to why Boozer's numbers took a dip when compared with his Utah numbers.
This season, however, the Bulls have displayed excellent teamwork and have found a lot of success with their interior passing. Both Noah and Boozer have found a niche in high-low passing, always finding one another with quick passes that lead to easy buckets.
It's not just Noah and Boozer, either. Luol Deng has also done a great job of working inside by cutting to the basket, as well as finding the open man in the paint.
Trading Boozer would harm the chemistry the team has built this season—and has been building since the previous two—and could potentially hurt them come playoff time.
Any Trade Would be a Downgrade
Aside from hurting the Bulls chemistry on the court, any player the Bulls get in return for Boozer would be a downgrade. Offensively, not many power forwards can do what Boozer does.
Boozer has the quickness to drive inside and absorb contact, the skill to face up and hit an 18-foot shot, or if he wants, he can beat defenders with a solid arsenal of moves in the post.
His passing is also pretty underrated, and it's something that has really helped Chicago this year.
The only player that can match Boozer's productivity at this point is Golden State's David Lee. Per 36 minutes, the only starting power forwards that average 18 points and at least 10 rebounds are Lee and Boozer.
Seeing as how acquiring Lee is out of the question, the Bulls would be right to stick with Boozer.
He is Nearly Impossible to Trade
Should the Bulls trade Carlos Boozer?
Even if the Bulls tried to trade Boozer, they would have a hard time finding someone who would take his contract. Boozer is scheduled to make $15.3 million in the 2013-14 season and a whopping $16.8 million the year after.
Not only is he making a ton of money, but he's not getting any younger. At 31 years old, Boozer has already reached his full potential and isn't going to get better.
If anything, towards the end of his contract, he could begin to decline.
Boozer's elevated play has helped the Bulls as they continue to fight without their MVP Derrick Rose. While his value has risen due to his play as of late, the Bulls would actually hurt themselves by trading the big man.