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Report: Bulls have told Carlos Boozer to brace for amnesty

Jul 3, 2014, 12:13 AM EDT

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The Bulls have already decided to amnesty Carlos Boozer, Joe Cowley of the Chicago-Sun Times implied. The article technically does not say Chicago will amnesty Boozer, but it dances around that conclusion. I can’t tell whether that’s intentional vagueness or clumsy writing.

Thankfully, a more credible reporter provides clarity.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Beyond Windhorst’s report, the Bulls already being determined to amnestying Boozer just doesn’t make any sense.

The amnesty window isn’t until July 10-16, and Boozer could be valuable in a trade – especially for Carmelo Anthony. Large expiring contracts, like Boozer’s, often facilitate deals.

If that falls through, he might be amnestied. That would open the door for Chicago to sign someone like Pau Gasol.

There are many options still on the table, including amnestying Boozer. But the Bulls’ pursuit of Gasol when Melo is still their top target shows even they don’t know what will present itself.

It would be foolish to decide now to amnesty Boozer.

That’s also a classy move by the Bulls to keep Boozer in the loop. It’s not necessary, but there’s no good reason not to extend him that courtesy.

I see little chance Boozer returns to Chicago next season (though I definitely wouldn’t rule it out). Most likely, Phil Jackson comes around and accepts Boozer in a Melo sign-and-trade or the Bulls amnesty Boozer. Another trade option could emerge, too.

The Bulls amnestying Boozer could very well happen, but it’s too early to call it a forgone conclusion.

  1. 2016olympics - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Here’s to 15.6 PPG and 9.05 RPG on 49.4% from floor in four seasons in Chicago.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      As a 3rd or 4th option who didn’t play a lot in the 4th quarter. And this writer is the right guy to recognize clumsy writing. It didn’t say they were amnestying him now, it said it gave boozer a heads up that it might be a possibility at some point which the whole world has known for the last year so why is this even a story?

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        Its a story because the running narrative is that the bulls would not amnesty him previously. THat is the point.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        unxpected1 It’s been written both ways in many stories over the last 2 years always quoted by unnamed sources THAT’S the point.

  2. campcouch - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Boozer gets a raw deal. When he gets the time he produces. The only bad part about him is his contract,but hey,Utah offered,he took it and Chicago carried on. His career numbers are solid (not worth $70 mil) and he’s an actual post player who has a jumper and boards. IF Melo bolts to Chicago, Jackson would be dumb not to use a big who averages 2 apg in the Triangle.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      I feel the same about Boozer. He gets way too much crap, he’s not bad at all.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:22 AM

        You must be immune to the warped logic of the HATERS! Living 3000 miles from the hate capital, New Yawk, helps!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      You mean the raw deal from Thibs and Jerry Sloan, or just from the fans? Or do you mean the raw deal from ESPN’s newish stat (Real Plus / Minus) that ranked him as one of the worst players in the NBA (79th out of 89 PFs with a -3.79)?

      Basically he gets a raw deal from everybody – coaches and fans – because he’s useless on defense and when he’s having trouble scoring (which is often) he’s just dead weight.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        You can take your fancy plus/minus and shove it where the sun done shine! I’ve got eyes, I know what I see!

        Lol! J/k ant

      • campcouch - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        a good chunk of the NBA population is useless on defense, I look at the box score at the end of the game and don’t really break down how many times he set a screen that led to a guy hitting a jumper so ESPN can keep their sorcery. He gets playing time and gives you what he can in that time. The few Bulls games I caught over here I never noticed the fans booing whenever he had the ball,they seemed to be cheering. Unfortunately every player isn’t going to produce 20/10/6 every game,but they shouldn’t be devalued because of it.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        sorcery… wow. you are the kind of guy who would’ve wanted to execute socrates.

  3. BrownsTown - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Should have told him he’s definitely coming back before amnestying him next week like that time Boozer shook a blind man’s hand while lying to him.

  4. thethrill1111 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    This isn’t really anything new or even surprising; even after his first year in Chicago, fans wanted to show him the door. He can contribute on a team that won’t require him to be more than a tertiary scorer or even play defense for that matter. One thing is for sure: his price tag has fallen through the floor.

  5. pukpokito - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    I wonder how is his relationship is with LeBron? I remember Boozer leaving Cleveland.I think Boozer would be perfect for the Heat if and when.

    The Rockets would be another great choice.

    • tk41 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      He wouldn’t fit HOU’s offense. All non-dwight players on that team have to provide better floor spacing than Boozer gives. Thats why they’re so fond of small-ball 4s like Parsons & TJones.

      But, he would fit in well with Miami’s offense.

  6. jayhit - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    What a great picture for this article! It looks like Melo is grabbing his jersey like…. I will take that jersey your not going to need that anymore lol

  7. chicagosports2014 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Boozer gonna resign with us for veterans minimum anyway.

    • tk41 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      That’s not how the amnesty provision works:
      1. teams hold a “silent auction” so to speak on Boozer. Highest bid wins his services & the amount they bid is offset from the amount the Bulls have to pay him.
      2. If no team bids (which has happened a few times), then he would be able to sign with any team BUT the Bulls.

      So, no, he won’t be resigning in Chicago for vet min.

  8. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Boozer and Amare on the same team…lol the silver and bronze medalists from the Lebronlympics of 2010.

  9. blackman24 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    This guy use to be 1 of the best PF’s in the NBA while in Utah. He gave you 20/10 most nights with ease. Thibs and that shoot 1st PG Rose killed the rest of his career.

    • bostonian13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      Well if he went from being only him n Deron, to being on a team with Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, also Taj Gibson. Boozer is ok at this point, just didn’t show up the way he was supposed to. Has nothing to do with Thibs, Boozer just didn’t fit the system.

  10. jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    The Knicks could suck even more than they did. Fitting considering the losers who root for them.

  11. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Bulls got hosed with that Boozer contract.

  12. chiadam - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Someone at PBT is accusing others of clumsy writing. That’s cute. When was the last time one of these hacks even took five seconds to use spellcheck?

    Oh, and speaking of clumsy writing:

    Beyond Windhorst’s report, the Bulls already being determined to amnestying Boozer just doesn’t make any sense.

    “the Bulls already being determined to amnestying”?

    • phillyguyindc - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      and then…

      Thankfully, a more credible reporter provides clarity.

      Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

  13. rrhoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Boozer gets amnestied,still gets his money and will sign with another team,not exactly a losing proposition.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Amnesty him and go get Parsons, and get back to reality. You aren’t getting Anthony.

  15. edavidberg - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Boozer is limited in who he can score against. He will do fine against the bottom half of NBA teams but put him in the game against the Heat, Pacers, Spurs or OKC and he can’t do a damn thing for you except shoot 16 shooters with his ridiculously slow release.

    He is not the worst player in the world he just is not going to play much of a role on a championship style team. He’s too easily overmatched.

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