NBA Free Agency: Chicago Bulls Avoid Shutout, Sign Carlos Boozer

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIJuly 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The shut out is over.

I know it was a pretty dark morning Wednesday for most Bulls fans but cheer up because the sun is shining through the clouds.

The reason for that sunshine is that the Bulls have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with free agent power-forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer, 6'9, who will be turning 29 in November, will fill the role that has been left vacant since the trade of Elton Brand. It is interesting to note that Boozer replaced Brand at Duke.

Boozer who has averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for his career, averaged 19.5 and 11.2 with a career high 55 double-doubles this past season for the Utah Jazz. But Boozer doesn't come without some questions—Boozer has some injury concerns. He has only played in 74 games or more in five of his eight seasons. In those seasons he was hurt he played in 51, 37, and 33 games those seasons.

Boozer might have been the best fit for the Bulls, being the purest post player out the available group. He also brings playoff experience and is used to playing second fiddle to an all-star point guard.

But here is the biggest point of the signing. With the addition of Boozer, the Bulls still have enough cap space to sign the prize of free agency, Lebron James. With this signing, the Bulls have reentered the race that this morning most experts viewed the Bulls as out of.

With the Knicks signing Amare, Miami teaming Wade and Bosh and the Nets offering Devin Harris and Brook Lopez, can any of them offer the group of players the Bulls can? With Derrick Rose, Luol Deng (assuming he isn't traded), Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson, the Bulls have the most ready team to compete for a title this season.

Now all we have to do is wait for the final shoe to drop, which will happen in prime-time Thursday night on ESPN. Who won't be watching?

Also check out the video to see that Boozer actually knows how to play the post. Maybe he can teach Taj, Noah and Deng some moves.

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Also, isn't it interesting that if Boozer never left Cleveland, maybe Lebron would have won a title with the Cavs and we wouldn't be worried about where Lebron would sign?