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NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Preparing To Amnesty Carlos Boozer?

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NBA free agency will begin on the first day of July with some teams around the league are already prepping to shape their roster more than a month in advance.

The Chicago Bulls may be one of the teams ready to mix things up this summer after finishing a disappointing season losing to the up-and-coming Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.

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As Chicago gets ready for next year, a few notable players might not return for next season, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls are reportedly getting ready to use their amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer:

Despite general manager Gar Forman insisting that a decision to seek amnesty on the last season of Boozer’s contract ‘‘doesn’t have to be made until July,’’ sources indicated at the end of the Bulls’ season that a decision already had been made and that Boozer wouldn’t be returning.

Also, rumors have started to circulate around Chicago that Taj Gibson would receive the role as the starting power forward next season. With this change in the lineup, it seems unlikely that Boozer would be content coming off the bench for the Bulls.

The 32-year-old has one more season on his contract for $16.8 million. Boozer being amnestied by the Bulls would free up cap space giving the team more flexibility to pursue big-name free agents this summer like Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol.

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If the Lakers were interested in the 11-year veteran, they would have to submit an amnesty waiver claim and pay a portion of his salary. It was also noted last month that Boozer’s agent Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant, could play a role in the Lakers’ pursuit of Chicago’s big man.

This past season, Boozer only averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 29.2 minutes.
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  • Morris

    Lakers can get him on the cheap as a stop gap power forward.Welcome to LA.

    • Zimmeredge

      Yes Exactly. We are clearly targeting a pf this off-season with our number 7 or via fa. But knowing that all the 4 coming in the draft are highly scouted then it´s possible we trade down for pg and center or sf and take boozer with his Amnesty clause to play the fourth spot.
      He is a good player on pnr siituation.

      • comrade24

        agreed. he won’t ever be the guy he was in Utah, but he would be a temporary stop gap until we can acquire K Love or Aldridge.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    im 50/50 on him but who knows

  • Mathias

    I’d definitely be happy with Boozer on a rental. Just fill the void, if he does good, keep him on a real low contract next year, if not, pick up love or bosh plus a backup next offseason

    • Mathias

      *Although Ed Davis also intrigues me this offseason

      • vdogg

        i like ed davis. the grizz need to sign z-bo and it could be hard to afford both him AND davis. lakers could swoop in..

        • Mathias

          Only thing is I think he’s restricted so we’d probably have to overpay slightly if they’re looking to keep him around

          • vdogg

            he is a RFA, you’re right. from what i read though, his work ethic (or lack thereof) has not endeared him to the MEM brass and community. he might be looking for a fresh start somewhere else and it could be with the lakers. still an awfully talented athlete and a great defender at the rim. we need that.

          • nlruizjr

            are you saying that we need someone that has very little work ethic, that won’t fly with Kobe, you saw what happened with Shaq and Ed Davis is no Shaq !!!!!

          • vdogg

            who IS shaq? no one.. all i am saying is that davis might just need a change of scenery… he definitely has talent.

          • Mathias

            Davis is young and certainly no superstar, there’s no reason this opportunity couldn’t be a wake up call for him, the talent is there and hopefully kobe and Byron’s (fingers crossed) work ethic can be infectious to him.

          • vdogg

            completely agree. and if we hire hollins, becoming a laker might be even more appealing to him.

          • John

            “Ed Davis also intrigues me” ~ Mathias; you’re right on, because “Bait on a fishing hook also intrigues stupid fish” ~ LMAO!!!

  • TheTruthKills

    Boozer has very little left in the tank. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hops on a contender to chase a ring.

  • Andy L

    He’d have to be reeeeal cheap. Can you say “washed up”?

  • ra

    Boozer was good back in the day. Years back, PJ mentioned Boozer and Bosh as two players he would have liked to have on the Lakers. That was when they were peak PF’s. Don’t know about now.

  • Zagor

    Sign Boozer for cheap and trade pick for Josh Smith!

    • meh

      stupid

    • Matt Williams

      Hell no!

  • VillainKing

    Boozer can be important piece for Lakers championship..Lakers don’t trade the 7th pick keep it..

  • Guilhermando santos

    NOT.

  • Sti1lmatic

    The Clippers are going to snatch him up quick status. We don’t need Boozer anyways. Unless we get D’Will.

  • Matt Williams

    I don’t know, I just can’t see Boozer in a Laker uniform. Maybe it’s just me.

  • Coach’em UP

    why sign Boozer who is done with lil to no tread left and our current back up PF in Jordan Hill is currently better than him and probably cheaper contract that is why the bulls aren’t interested since he cant even help or get a double double in the EAST conference and Taj Gibson is better than him as well.

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    Chicago should’ve done this two years ago!

  • KING HARVEY

    let me help you lakers fans out lol i know yall known for thinking the impossible can happen because it has happen a couple times for you guys via trade or other.

    but dont think the impossible is in carlos boozer as a bulls fan i can tell you that this guy is literally the reason on most nights we lose

    he is probably the worst defender in nba history even under thibs ona team that wants you to help out the next man on D he still blew ass

    imagine him ona team like the lakers with outa defensive coach like thibs on his head 24/7

    he also struggle to pretty much socre over other power forwards and has the speed of an non athletic center.

    he yells all the time on the court and on the wrong team trust me HE CAN BE A CANCER.

    you guys are better off with ED DAVIS THEN THIS GUY

    I promise 100% dissapointment

  • comrade24

    Also, if we target Luol Deng in the offseason, him and Boozer have plenty of experience playing together.

  • wangkon936

    I would very much rather (barely) make the playoffs with young, inexperienced and emerging talent than with old, falling apart, veteran talent.

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