Carlos Boozer Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent Star

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Carlos Boozer Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent Star
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Updates from Thursday, July 17

ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Carlos Boozer has been claimed off waivers:

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer previously reported on one team that isn't currently considering Carlos Boozer:

 

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:

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported the news and provided more information regarding Boozer:

 

Updates from Saturday, July 12

ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest on Boozer's situation in Chicago:

 

Updates from Friday, July 11

Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding has the latest on Boozer potentially leaving Chicago:

 

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:

ESPN's Chris Broussard knows of at least one team that isn't interested in Boozer's services:

 

Original Text

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 Those factors originally made him a hot commodity on the trade market, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

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:

Bill Simmons of ESPN also notes another possibility that could see Boozer being moved:

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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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