Chicago Bulls: Should They Waive Carlos Boozer and Add a Superstar?

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Chicago Bulls: Should They Waive Carlos Boozer and Add a Superstar?

There are many questions still up in the air in regards to the next collective bargaining agreement.

But a strong majority believe the NBA and its players have agreed on giving teams an amnesty clause, which would allow them to waive one player from their roster without his contract affecting the team's cap situation.

The amnesty clause (or Allan Houston Exception) was first introduced in 2005, but the terms were different.

Then, teams could only waive a player whose contract put them over the luxury tax threshold, or was expected to do so in the future.

Today's version of the amnesty clause is expected to be much more broad, and useful to all teams.

The idea is to give every team an option to waive any player, regardless of the team's cap situation. The waived players would then become unrestricted free agents and could sign with a new team, but not with their old team.

Though the exact details of the amnesty clause are yet to be known, contending teams like Chicago will benefit the most from such a tool. Teams like Toronto have endured multiple losing seasons trying to shed dead weight salaries for cap room, but they will now have nobody to use the exception on.

Teams like the Magic and Lakers can enjoy extended 50+ win seasons thanks to the extra cap room and cheap free agents the amnesty clause will produce.

The Chicago Bulls really flourished last season, securing the best record in the NBA after barely squeezing by Toronto to grab the eighth seed of the playoffs the year before.

Chicago's success was mainly due to the improved play of Derrick Rose and the addition of Carlos Boozer.

While Boozer's contributions have been great, the team had to offer Boozer a "max" contract, which will span over five seasons. Many fans don't believe Boozer is worth his pay but still understand the Bulls had no choice but to offer that much money.

With the possibility of an amnesty clause, the Bulls are in a very comfortable position.

Chicago is a very attractive city for free agents, and the Bulls could waive the oft-injured Boozer for an upgrade.

Here are some scenarios that Chicago should look into.

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