Running With the Bulls: Carlos Boozer Headed To Chicago

Bradley ChandlerCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a call 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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(Chicago, Il) — Until last night, many people throughout the NBA thought that Dwyane Wade would return to his hometown to lead the Bulls, but all dreams were squashed when he and Chris Bosh announced they were teaming up and heading to South Beach to hold down the Miami Heat.

Chicago, not wanting to be left out, acted quickly signing power forward Carlos Boozer to a five-year, $80 million dollar deal. Boozer, who has spent the last six seasons with the Utah Jazz, will join a team with some of the best young talent in the league and lead an ever evolving front court duo with Joakim Noah.

The Bulls attempted to acquire the eight year pro at the trading deadline last season, but Utah brass made clear their attempts to re-sign Boozer. With the deal, Chicago takes themselves out of the running for must-get free agent LeBron James. James is announcing his new destination tomorrow night on a one-hour special taking place on ESPN.

Boozer averaged a double-double last season with 20.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Despite being a low post player, he has improved his jump shot in recent years improving to a career high 56.2 percent last season. Chicago will now have to find a wing player to bring in. 

The team has plenty of salary cap room to play with and have interest in mid-level players like Mike Miller. The Bulls came into the free agent market with the third most available money to spend at $32 million.

With Boozer going to Chicago this leaves a distinct hole in the front court of the Jazz as they spent their first round selection on Gordon Hayward from Butler.

Most expect forward Paul Millsap to get the job, but don't count out a mid-level free agent signing for the Jazz.

 

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