Since the day the NBA’s lockout ended and the amnesty provision was introduced, there has been speculation the Chicago Bulls would use it on power forward Carlos Boozer.
After missing out on Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and power forward Chris Bosh in free agency, the Bulls turned their attention to Boozer, eventually signing him to a huge deal.
To say Boozer has been bad in Chicago may be a stretch. Playing on a better team was obviously going to cut into his scoring. To say he has not lived up to his billing is probably accurate.
However, none of that concerns Boozer and he is not worrying about the amnesty clause.
“I’ve been dealing with that all year, so the (amnesty) talk doesn’t bother me,” Boozer told K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Times. “I just block it out and try to hoop.”
Boozer’s reduced minutes have only added fuel to the fire.
“It’s not what I want but I haven’t said anything,” Boozer said. “I just keep playing my role and try to support my teammates. I’m doing everything I can to help my team win.”
Boozer is averaging 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.