In so doing, Chicago opened up $16.8 million in cap space, enough to officially complete the signing of Pau Gasol, with whom the Bulls came to terms on a three-year, $22 million deal, according to Wojnarowski.
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman had high praise for the 12-year veteran, via the Bulls’ website:
Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court and in the community during his time here in Chicago. Over the last four seasons, Carlos' productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.
Per the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Boozer will now be subject to a 48-hour waiver process whereby teams currently under the salary cap can bid for his services (at a minimum of $1.5 million). Whoever bids the highest must pay Boozer that amount, with Chicago paying the difference.
Boozer is certain to fetch his fair share of suitors in the coming days. What follows, then, are the five teams we see as being the best fits for the former All-Star power forward.
The teams listed all have an obvious area of need to address power forward, and each would also be better off by bringing Boozer into the fold.
Being amnestied probably isn’t how the 32-year-old envisioned himself leaving his longtime franchise. Still, in the right situation, Boozer has more than enough left in the tank to give whoever nabs him quite the frontcourt boost—especially at a more reasonable price.
All salary information courtesy of ShamSports.com.