Apr 16, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) wipes his head during a time out during the first half of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls to shop Carlos Boozer before amnestying him

The Chicago Bulls have been looking to amnesty Carlos Boozer for years now, but with their best opportunity to do so right ahead of them, they’re not rushing out to do so. According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com, the Bulls plan on shopping Boozer on the pre-draft trade market before making any decisions about his future.

Per Marc Stein:

Sources briefed on Chicago’s thinking say the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option.

The numbers finally balance out to where cutting Boozer isn’t such a strain on the Bulls psyche. He wouldn’t count against the books but the Bulls would still have to pay him and that’s something Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t even want to do to players he likes.

But Boozer has been growing frustrated with the Bulls and fans have long had an up and down relationship with him. That could all come to an end this summer and the Bulls ideal situation would be to trade him rather than release him.

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  • disqus_wlOtGVfO1H

    Who would possibly trade for Boozer rather than waiting for him to get amnestied?

  • jtrain23

    The Bulls sure did nothing to improve his trade value in the second half of the season, quite the opposite. He was removed from the rotation completely late in the game due to his lack of defensive ability and Taj Gibson’s improved defensive ability. They also went away from running any offense through him as they had previously done early in the game. He was reduced to a guy who got a few rebounds and shot some mid range jump shots.

    Their best chance to trade him would have been last off season. I hope they can accomplish it, but I seriously doubt anyone will sign up to take his bloated contract and diminishing skills unless the Bulls are willing to take a bad contract in return, which would be self defeating.