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: Miami Heat to eye signing Carlos Boozer in offseason?

The Chicago Bulls have made no secret that they plan to rebuild recharge their roster this offseason by scrapping some core pieces from the last few seasons in order to clear cap space and bring in fresh legs. This all started with the blatant salary dump trade of Luol Deng, which is something the Bulls continue to deny is a salary dump.

But with Deng gone and the Bulls in rebuilding mode, rumors have began to swirl about all of the other players on the roster not named Derrick Rose and what their future in Chicago looks like. Around the time that the Deng rumors surfaced, so too did this years round of Carlos Boozer amnesty rumors, only this time they seems to be sticking.

With Boozer almost certain to be cut in the offseason, the question of where he’ll play next is as relevant as ever and some have pondered that Boozer’s ties to Miami may bring him to the Heat. Miami beat writer Ira Winderman was asked such a question in his mailbag this week and shot down then notion of Boozer coming to Miami in the summer.

The main two points Winderman raises for shooting down the idea of Boozer joining the Heat stem from his mercenary attitude towards contracts and his lack of clutch ability — two strikingly valid points. Boozer always plays for the top dollar but the Bulls haven’t been that impressed with his late game ability, something that the Heat won’t want to bother with.

So while there’s a possibility that Boozer joins the Heat in search of a title, the likelihood that he winds up there when the Bulls amnesty him aren’t as high as you’d think.

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