Boozer Hangover: The Bulls Overpaid For Carlos

Martin WilliamsContributor IJuly 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz looks on in the first half while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Desperate? That can be a justification for all kinds of behavior. - Jessica Walter 

I found a way to excuse the Chicago Bulls for overpaying Carlos Boozer by signing him to a reported $80 million contract over 5 years, and it is the above quote. They had to be desperate, right? Seeing as though Boozer was a more spectator than participant when the Lakers swept the Jazz out of the postseason. The Bulls had to be watching Boozer watch Pau Gasol asserting himself throughout the series. Boozer shot 54% from the line in the playoffs and averaged 7 points less in the Lakers series than the previous tilt against the defense-optional Nuggets. When you're Superman (the old one-Shaq or the new one Dwight Howard) you can get away with that but not if your name is Carlos Boozer. I always say as long as you make an honest living, it's fine with me. Boozer went for the money and got it and I'm happy for him. The Bulls, however, have to have their fans scratching their heads. 

If the Bulls are going to make the next step, Boozer is not the difference. He's a good guy. A character guy who stays out of the headlines and gives good effort and fills the stat sheet. But is he worth $80 million? Is he that type of difference maker? No. You do not pay this kind of money for good enough. Therefore, the geniuses at the United Center had to be desperate. Watching Miami become the prohibitive favorites in the East by adding Chris Bosh and returning Dwayne Wade had to cause the Bulls to push the panic button. Pushed it they did. Boozer's a nice player who should be good for 17 and 8 per night. But he doesn't get the Bulls out of the second round much less the Finals. Carlos, invest your money wisely.