Carlos Boozer is available! Who wants a piece of the action?
Come on now, don't be shy.
No one? Yikes.
There's no sense in pretending we're surprised. We shouldn't be. Hot commodities aren't viewed as expendable by their own team.
Despite general manager Gar Forman insisting that a decision to seek amnesty on the last season of Boozer’s contract "doesn’t have to be made until July," sources indicated at the end of the Bulls’ season that a decision already had been made and that Boozer wouldn’t be returning.
That makes sense. Boozer remains a 2010 consolation prize who has overstayed his welcome. They're so sure he's leaving, Taj Gibson has already been deemed next year's starting power forward, per Cowley.
"I mean, this will be exciting," Gibson said. "This is what I’ve always thought about. When I started [six games] for Boozer when he was hurt during the [regular] season, I just know how excited I was, how good it felt to come to the arena."
This probably isn't going to feel so good for Boozer.
Gibson went on to deny Cowley's report, but it doesn't matter. Boozer still seems unlikely to return.
The smart money is on the Bulls amnestying him. Other teams know Chicago doesn't want him by this point, and they also know they could sign him for much cheaper after he's amnestied. Trading him at this point would be like finding an NBA team in the market for overpriced dull razors and expired salad dressing.
As with everything, though, the dollars and cents matter. The Bulls will absolutely explore trade scenarios first, hoping they can capitalize off his (marginal) value as an expiring contract rather than pay him millions to leave.
If they're lucky, he'll prove movable.
It wont be easy, and it will take some serious compromising on the Bulls' behalf, but under the right circumstances, trading him might be possible.