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Report: Chicago Bulls tell Carlos Boozer he’s been amnestied, now bidding for his services begins

Jul 15, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

The Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer reacts to losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

This isn’t a surprise. With Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic coming in, Carlos Boozer was on his way out in Chicago.

After failing to find a suitable sign-and-trade, the Bulls ownership bit the bullet and told Carlos Boozer that he would be amnestied on Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

To be clear, Boozer still gets paid the $16.8 million he is owed for this season, it just doesn’t count against the Bulls’ official team books. That allows them to add better players at the four.

Now the bidding process for Boozer’s services begins.

Under the NBA’s system Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services. For example, if a team under the cap bid $2 million and that was the highest bid, that team would pay Boozer $2 million for the season (and the Bulls would pay the remaining $14.8 million).

If no teams bid, Boozer becomes a free agent. But that’s not likely.

Boozer would bring those teams some good depth up front at a fair price — he averaged 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game last season, and while he wasn’t efficient doing that (.489 true shooting percentage) nor does he play much defense, he is a solid backup. Especially for just a few million dollars.

But in Chicago, it was time to move on.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Boozer will probably be the last player amnestied… unless OKC ever gets less frugal and just does away with Kendrick Perkins.

  2. money2long - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    What’s the rule on amestying a player perviously amnestied ? Just curious.

    • campcouch - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      I think you can only be amnestied once

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        Pretty sweet deal for the player though, he gets 16.8M + whatever someone wants to pay him to play next year. He is celebrating as we speak.

      • pudgalvin - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Not plus whatever the next team pays him. He gets 16.8 million regardless, but the Bulls just pay the difference in his new salary. He won’t get more than that.

  3. thenewyorker718 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Thunder anyone? Ibaka at the 5 with Booz at the 4 having a nice post scoring but with the midrange to spread the floor with Ibaka stepping out to the corner 3 . Sounds good . Rockets isn’t a bad look either .

    • getlow81 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      No way, Ibaka is a weak side shot blocker. A great one at that, but an overrated straight up post defender. That’s why they have Perkins in there, as awful as he is otherwise.

      I can only imagine how awful it’d be defensively with Durant, Boozer, and Ibaka.

  4. icdogg - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Boozer goes to the highest bidder of this “silent auction” (whoever is willing to pay the highest portion of his salary this year) and has no say in the matter. If two teams bid the same the team with the worst record last year would win the bidding.

  5. campcouch - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    LeBron’s in a forgiving mood, I wonder if he tells Gilbert to give him a shot. I mean Haywood,Thompson and Verejao mashed together is a good big man, what harm could paying a couple of mil for a year of Boozer hurt.

    • pudgalvin - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      If Boozer is willing to accept a limited role, he could still be a good addition to a team. He’s still got a little left in the tank on the offensive end so long as a team doesn’t need to count on him for 20 a game like the Bulls did. He’s a pretty good passer and he’s still capable of short bursts of scoring.

  6. coldwater32301 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    MIAMI HEAT….Indeed…

  7. doctordunkenstein - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Atlanta sure does love its undersized big men don’t they…

  8. chitownmatt - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Can the Bulls still bid on him in the silent auction???

    IOWs, could they enter the highest bid, say 2 mil for instance, win and sign him for 2 mil on the books toward cap, clear the other 14.8, and still keep Boozer???

    Or are they not permitted to bid on the amnestied player?

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