Dec 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) drives past Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls expected to amnesty Carlos Boozer

The Chicago Bulls are trying to keep their heads above water, but a lot of attention is being turned towards what the team will do in the offseason. Chicago is suffering through another Derrick Rose-less season and restless fans have begun looking to offseason changes to stay excited about a vastly underperforming team.

One of the moves the Bulls are looking to make is to bring in Nikola Mirotic from Real Madrid, but there are other moves that the team will likely make. Despite it being a rumor for about three years running, Mitch Lawrence from The New York Daily News is reporting that the Bulls will finally amnesty forward Carlos Boozer over the summer.

This, of course, has been something that fans have ben kicking around since 2011 when Boozer disappeared in the postseason for the Bulls when they truly needed him to create scoring chances in the pain against the Miami Heat. Boozer hasn’t improved much since then and the Bulls have finally waited long enough that they won’t break the bank cutting him.

While it wouldn’t count against the book, the penny pinching front office hasn’t cut Boozer loose yet because they don’t want to pay his $40 million-plus contract if he’s not actually playing for them.

It’s not a done deal though, but this upcoming offseason was the projected decision offseason for the Bulls and Boozer. They may still keep him but the likelihood that he’s gone this summer is growing higher and higher.

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