Bulls Likely To Attempt To Trade Carlos Boozer

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf opposes the idea of using the amnesty provision to remove Carlos Boozer from the team’s books, as Marc Stein of ESPN.com hears, adding that sources tell him that Chicago will make a strong push to trade Boozer instead. Boozer is set to enter the final year of his contract next season, but his $16.8MM salary and his growing anger at coach Tom Thibodeau seem to make him a poor fit for the Bulls, who have their eyes set on a free agent prize this summer.

The Knicks are “undeniably nervous” about the chances that Carmelo Anthony will sign with the team this summer, Stein writes. The ESPN.com scribe echoes last week’s report from Sean Deveney of The Sporting News that put the Bulls at the front of the list of Anthony’s preferred suitors. Chicago would have to move a significant amount of salary off its payroll to make a competitive offer to Anthony, since the Bulls’ commitments for 2014/15 already exceed even the new, higher salary cap projection for next season. Amnestying Boozer would be the simplest way to wipe a hefty chunk of money off Chicago’s cap figure, but unless a team claims him off waivers, Reinsdorf would still have to pay Boozer his salary, even though it wouldn’t count toward the cap. That’s why Deveney says there’s never been a question that the Bulls would prefer to trade Boozer (Twitter link).

The amnesty period runs through July 16th, giving the Bulls ample time to find a trade partner before the option of circling back and amnestying Boozer anyway disappears. Still, it will probably be difficult to find a team willing to make a trade that would give Chicago cap flexibility in return for a 32-year-old Boozer who rarely played in the fourth quarter this season, particularly given his inflated salary. He may have some value as an expiring contract, but any team that acquires him via trade would be unable to amnesty him. A sign-and-trade with the Knicks involving ‘Melo is one possibility, but Knicks president Phil Jackson might be reluctant to play along and accommodate Chicago’s poaching of New York’s star.

If the Bulls do amnesty Boozer, Stein suggests there’s a chance that agent Rob Pelinka, the rep for Boozer as well as Kobe Bryant, will encourage the Lakers to submit an amnesty waiver claim. That would almost certainly be a partial waiver claim if it were to happen, meaning the Lakers would pay a portion of Boozer’s salary while Reinsdorf would be on the hook for the rest. Stein points to Chicago’s likely pursuit of Pau Gasol this summer, and perhaps there’s a sign-and-trade possibility to be had involving Gasol and Boozer, though that’s just my speculation.

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

Who wants a power forward who can’t score in the paint and his only defense is shoving someone? Hopefully this is goodbye to Boozer. I drank the koolade for 2 seasons and then I saw your true self. How can you take so much money and give so little in return? Boozer is not the answer, Noah is not the answer either. We need scores. Noah is not a playmaker, so stop that nonsense now. He is a turnover machine during the playoffs. Find playmaking guards and forwards instead, not an offensively… Read more »

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Dan
2 years 2 months ago

We found Taj at 26, we found Butler at 30, Noah was 9th (just won DPOY). I will give you the T Thomas/L Aldridge, but who was better in the second round last year that we should’ve drafted instead of Erik Murphy? Also, I recall lots of people saying to grab Michael Beasley instead of Derrick Rose. Even though he has been injured for two years, he has been the far better player, already winning an MVP.

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Chad
2 years 2 months ago

Jimmy Butler isn’t some huge success he is a just another defensive grinder who can’t shoot. Taj while they hit on him that was like 6-7 years ago… They have been unable to address the basic need fixing the offense despite trying to do it the last 3 straight offseasons. The result was the worst scoring offense in the league! Great job guys! How long can they coast on Taj Gibsons success he is about to turn 30 and as a highly athletic player he is soon to hit his declining phase of his career… Read more »

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Dan
2 years 2 months ago

Oh, I won’t deny they’ve had bad years…but they’ve also had good ones. Jimmy Butler is not great offensively, but he is a defensive stalwart, and to find him at the last spot in the first round is a huge success in that draft. We have been drafting really late due to the success of the team, and because of that, we haven’t had a chance to find the best players. Name a few players that have been drafted later than we drafted that are doing extremely well in the past 3 seasons? I agree Gar and Pax have poor… Read more »

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bootknock
2 years 1 month ago

i agree I hear the same argument rose perfect fit ill agree wit Thomas over Aldridge…hey john seems upset..lol

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Nick
2 years 2 months ago

Go fuck yourself john Conley. You clearly don’t watch basketball enough to know that defense is the most important part of a team and we have the best defense in the league. Do we need an elite scorer? Yes, but Noah is extremely serviceable in a role he was new to this year. I want boozer gone too but don’t go blaming Noah you ignorant fuck

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Chad
2 years 2 months ago

Yeah its not like the team that scores the most wins! Oh wait… they do…

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Acappellaman
2 years 2 months ago

Sorry, John, but you won’t find a center that plays as hard as Noah does. As we’ve seen this series, Noah isn’t the strongest center in the league, but he plays 100% when he’s on the floor. He only carried the team this year because he HAD to. Nobody else, other than an occasional good game by Augustin or Gibson, was able to handle the task. I’m glad we’ve got Noah. Next year could be very interesting, though I still think we’re gonna have to eat Boozer’s salary. He’ll get amnestied, no doubt. After seeing what he’s got left, I… Read more »

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bootknock
2 years 1 month ago

don’t be so critical,,,give them credit they made a good run with the roster they had…boozer by far is the worst the only reason he lasted this long was cause rose was hurt and they traded deng…I gave up on boozer b4 tibs did…as for noah he gives u 100% all the time what happened was they got tired out ill blame tibs just a lil he should’ve went to his bench a lil more to give them a break they played hard all year and when u don’t have the offense ur working extra hard of defense and they… Read more »

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Adam Gingrich
2 years 2 months ago

other teams likely to laugh at the idea of taking on that salary

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ManBearPig618
2 years 2 months ago

Unless they want the expiring. That contract could actually be an “asset” at the deadline.

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Adam Gingrich
2 years 2 months ago

Yes but having that salary on the books all summer impacts what they can do to improve the team. Also, smaller expiring contracts did not get a substantial return this past deadline (Philly only got the entire 2nd round)

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Jerrett
2 years 2 months ago

Do you think we could trade boozer and the top two picks to get a high draft pick or do they not value draft picks that much? I’m more of an NFL guy but I love watching the bulls

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Chad
2 years 2 months ago

Its unlikely they could trade Boozer as his monster contract is a huge negative asset.

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ManBearPig618
2 years 2 months ago

It’s not though, because it’s now only 1 year. Teams value expirings.

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

I could care less what you call me Nick. You are no one and I forget more about hoops than you will ever know. Let’s have this talk next year when the Bulls whom I love dearly are whisked out of the playoffs again. If we had Carmelo, I don’t think we would have fared much better. The team is burned out every year during the playoffs because they overachieve during the regular season and they don’t have anything left in the tank come playoff time. I’ve been a Bulls fan since ’79 so I know… Read more »

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Jeffrey Azevedo
2 years 2 months ago

Noah is the second best player on this team when Rose is healthy the first when he is not. You are right he can not score but his intangibles put him over the top. How many games do they win this year with out him..? I am not a fan of his but his efficiency ratings and hustle speak for themselves. They are burned out every year in the playoffs because they have no offense. Carmelo on this team puts them in the conference finals. You have a roster full of blue collar players that don’t need shots to stay… Read more »

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Eli Klasne
2 years 2 months ago

Also the best rebounder the team has ever had…

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Justin
2 years 2 months ago

Rodman.

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Wayne Darby
2 years 2 months ago

Boozer is softer than John Bobbitt. Get him the hell outta here!

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

The Bulls need 3 scoring threats in order for them to get to the conference finals. They can’t make wide open shots during crunch time. If Rose comes back healthy, they need at least two guys to go with him that score at least 15 ppg and play some form of defense. They keep repackaging the same team and it isn’t working. Their bench is weak, the starting 5 is weak and their offense is weak. Can’t fall in love with players the way the Bulls have in recent years. We need a… Read more »

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bernhe7
2 years 2 months ago

Combining Boozer with some first round pick could be a way for a team in rebuild. Chances of trading him are slim.

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

Dan, most Bulls drafts since 2006 are out of the league. That is a horrible percentage of failures in the draft. I love Rose and Gibson too. I’m sure my blood droplets are shaped like the Bulls logo….lol

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

Rodman was a better rebounder, defender and scorer than Noah and he was two inches shorter….lol

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John Conley
2 years 2 months ago

I don’t doubt how hard he plays and he does rebound well. What I look at every year is that in the playoffs he simply is not a factor. He is not outstanding in the playoffs when they play the Heat. He can’t score big points during big playoff games when it’s needed. There is no way he should be running the break either…..too many turnovers and the Bulls cannot afford turnovers. He is the best Bulls rebounder in the last 14 years, but I am discouraged that the hope I had following the 2009… Read more »

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