Updates from Thursday, July 17
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Carlos Boozer has been claimed off waivers:
ESPN sources say Lakers have won the Carlos Boozer waiver auction today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer previously reported on one team that isn't currently considering Carlos Boozer:
The Charlotte Hornets aren't in the secondary-waiver chase for Carlos Boozer.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 17, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 14
Carlos Boozer will be amnestied by the Chicago Bulls, the team announced.
Boozer took to Twitter to say goodbye to fans in Chicago:
Wanna Say Thank You To The Bulls Organization!!! Thank You For The Last Four Years!!! pic.twitter.com/7YuxGugeT0— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) July 15, 2014
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported the news and provided more information regarding Boozer:
Chicago informed Carlos Boozer and his agent, Rob Pelinka, this morning that it would use amnesty clause today, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
NBA runs blind bidding process on amnesty cases. High-bid wins. Bid $2M on Boozer, pay him $2M. Must be under cap to fit bid.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
One GM tells me: A team needs to have $1.448M in cap space to bid on Boozer. That's what Boozer's minimum salary is.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Updates from Saturday, July 12
ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest on Boozer's situation in Chicago:
Unless Bulls have salary-cap trick no can see right now, looks like they will be forced to amnesty Carlos Boozer by Wednesday's deadline— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
Bulls naturally can explore every last option for trading Boozer between now and Wednesday's amnesty deadline before giving in. However ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
That would require Bulls to find trade partner with cap space to absorb Boozer's $16.8 million salary and cost them assets to sweeten deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 11
Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding has the latest on Boozer potentially leaving Chicago:
Regarding Jeremy Lin (and Carlos Boozer in possible Pau sign-and-trade w/CHI), Lakers could get draft-pick assets they almost totally lack.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Joe Cawley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Carlos Boozer will not be wearing a Chicago Bulls uniform next season:
A source said Wednesday that Boozer’s departure is a “done deal,” adding that Boozer’s camp already has been informed.
There haven’t been any takers on a sign-and-trade for Boozer, and the Bulls also want the money to go in a different direction, whether Carmelo Anthony is in the mix or not.
Under the amnesty provision, Boozer still will be paid the $16.8 million he’s due next season, but it won’t count against the salary cap.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that the Bulls are keeping their options open:
Bulls told Carlos Boozer it's a possibility he will be amnestied or used in a sign-&-trade but have made no final decisions, sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 3, 2014
ESPN's Chris Broussard knows of at least one team that isn't interested in Boozer's services:
Sources: the Knicks will not entertain any sign-&-trade deal with Chicago that includes them taking back Carlos Boozer— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 2, 2014
Despite four consecutive productive seasons with the Chicago Bulls, Carlos Boozer was widely considered to be on the move this offseason.
The 32-year-old power forward had an expiring contract showed flashes of great play last season in Chicago, but also had an expiring contract. Those factors originally made him a hot commodity on the trade market, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Bulls' ideal remains sign-and-trade involving Boozer. Keeps them capped and allows use of exceptions.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 14, 2014
Despite the early possibility that the sign-and-trade could potentially happen, the Chicago Tribune's staff reported that the New York Knicks had no mutual interest:
However, league sources continue to indicate that despite Boozer’s expiring $16.8 million deal dovetailing with the Knicks’ plan for massive salary-cap space in 2015, the Knicks have no interest in acquiring Boozer as of now.
... Using the amnesty provision on Boozer only nets them roughly $11 million of space, depending on where the cap is set July 1.
While Boozer has been slightly more productive than some give him credit for, he certainly hasn't lived up to the contract he signed. The former Duke big man is making an average of $15 million a year, per Spotrac.com, slightly more than he deserves for averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season.
The Bulls were confident they could land Carmelo Anthony this offseason, but before Anthony re-signed with the Knicks, Johnson raised a previous scenario that didn't go the Bulls' way:
Remember, Bulls confident they'd land LBJ, DWade or both in 2010 and traded Kirk away for nothing. No chance they do that again unless sure.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 14, 2014
Bill Simmons of ESPN also notes another possibility that could see Boozer being moved:
FYI - Bulls could trade Boozer's expiring + 16 + 19 to Orlando for Afflalo and 2 waivable deals. Then use Mirotic to dump Snell/Dunleavy.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 22, 2014
Should the Bulls deal Boozer this offseason?
Boozer certainly has his imperfections on the court, but he has still put together several productive years with Chicago. Whichever team he lands with, the 12-year veteran will continue a good career in the paint for the next several seasons.
Whether he lands with the Orlando Magic or Knicks, Boozer looks like a good fit for either. Thanks to his dominance in the paint, he has a chance to be a huge key for either franchise in the frontcourt.
Multiple options are on the table for the big man, but the current situation looks like a perfect one for the Bulls' future.
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