Bulls Amnesty Carlos Boozer

July 15 2014 at 4:15pm CDT By Chuck Myron

4:15pm: The Bulls have officially announced the move, via press release.

3:49pm: The Bulls have used the amnesty provision to waive¬†Carlos Boozer, reports Sam Smith¬†of Bulls.com (Twitter link). His $16.8MM salary will no longer count toward the salary cap for Chicago, which has needed room to accommodate its deals for Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, as I explained earlier this week. Boozer will nonetheless continue to receive paychecks from the Bulls, though Chicago’s financial obligation will be reduced if a team puts in a partial bid for Boozer as allowed in the amnesty waiver process.

Chicago had preferred to work out a trade for the 32-year-old power forward. Even though his name came up in conjunction with the Knicks if Carmelo Anthony were to decide to play for Chicago, ‘Melo remains in New York and no serious trade market for Boozer appeared to develop. Bulls GM Gar Forman and company were also working against a deadline, since Wednesday is the final day of the amnesty period.

The Rob Pelinka client remains a productive player, if not a star, and he would attract plenty of interest on the free agent market were he to clear waivers. That’s not a given, since teams with cap room figure to register bids. He’d go to the highest bidder if multiple teams do so, and if multiple bidders submit equivalent amounts in the blind bidding process, he’ll go to the team among them that posted the worst record last season.

9 thoughts on “Bulls Amnesty Carlos Boozer

  1. Please stay away from Miami. You still have contributions you could provide for someone, but you dont fit into our playstyle. We cant have guys slowing down the game for us offensively, and not providing anything defensively.

  2. I disagree. He averaged 13 points last year. We need scoring from our number one guy, to our 12th man. Come on over and welcome to the the team thats plotting to overthrone the “Queen”

  3. I’m happy to see Boozer gone. I’ve never been as hard on his as other people, but it just seemed at times that he could only score from one spot on the floor. Plus his defense is next to nothing, and you can’t rely on him late in games. Ya, 13 pts per game, but he’s not a player you can rely on when you’re trying to win a championship.

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