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Report: Bulls have no plans to amnesty Boozer this summer

Feb 8, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

Carlos Boozer AP

When trade reports surfaced of a Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani trade came up it didn’t make a lot of sense for me.

If you’re Chicago you could save $5 million a year for a couple years with Bargnani buried on your bench (you think Tom Thibodeau is going to play him much?) but why not just play out the season with Boozer then save a bunch more and use your amnesty clause on him this summer?

That’s not in the plans reports the Chicago Tribune.

Despite the talks, there are no plans to use the amnesty provision on Boozer this summer. Boozer is having a strong season, but shedding his salary could improve the Bulls’ long-term financial picture.

Why not? And why a Bargnani trade instead?

Because of real money out the door. If the Bulls amnesty Boozer they still have to pay him his salary (minus whatever he would sign for with another team). The Bulls are still on the hook for the contract, it just doesn’t count against the “official” books used for team salary against the cap and luxury tax. Fill in that cap space created by the Boozer amnesty and you’re paying those dollars twice, in essence. Trade for Bargnani and that is $5 million a year in real savings.

It’s all about the money — and in the Bulls case not paying the luxury tax. Despite the market size.

  1. shwoogy1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Keep Boozer and his inflated salary. We DEF don’t want nor need Bargnani. Boozer is playing decent ball right now (when healthy) and just hope we can make it in the playoffs. As Bulls fans, we aren’t expecting much from this season so just let it play out and be happy with where we end up.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      this dude is softer than Charmin toilet paper.
      ask Mr.Ripple

      • gmsingh - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Say what? In the last game a dude was scrambling for the ball and ran into Boozer–and crumpled like a piece of paper. Stacey King says, “It’s like he ran into a wall when he hit Boozer.” If Boozer would just do this when guys were driving into the lane he might be respectable on defense. He’s still a great rebounder, though.

  2. themohel - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I did not see any information in that article suggesting that the reason for the trade would be to save cash, rather than cap space. Do you have information that supports your position or are you guessing?

    • mytthor - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      It’s called 30 years of being familiar with how Riensdorf runs a team.

      • themohel - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        You must not have been watching. I’ll go with evidence – is there any that this is a cash move? Journalists (even bloggers) should have at least some of it before spouting off.

      • mytthor - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Lack of evidence (even if you ignore breaking up the championship bulls to save money) isn’t the same thing as evidence to the contrary.

  3. qpoiu1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Chicago is not a small market team with the obligation of staying under the luxury tax…keep Boozer because he is playing really well, or do you wanna trade his 9.4 rebounds per game for BARGNANI??!!

  4. asublimeday - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Keep Boozer and his inflated salary. We DEF don’t want nor need Bargnani. Boozer is playing decent ball right now (when healthy) and just hope we can make it in the playoffs. As Bulls fans, we aren’t expecting much from this season so just let it play out and be happy with where we end up.
    ——

    Being an intelligent basketball fan and evaluating this roster pre-season, I was probably the only one on this site saying the Bulls would contend this year. Thibbs can flat out coach.

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