Mar 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) raises his hand after being called for a foul playing against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Chicago 91-79. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers interested in Carlos Boozer


Since he lost his fourth quarter duties to Taj Gibson, it looks like the Chicago Bulls will almost certainly either use a trade or the amnesty clause to dump the final year of Carlos Boozer’s contract.

According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a team that pursues Boozer if he becomes a free agent.

Hey, Mary: We all know that the Cavs are gonna try to pursue LeBron James this summer, but have you thought about going vintage and bringing back Carlos Boozer and Mo Williams? Boozer would give some inside muscle on defense plus some inside out scoring that Tristan Thomson has not provided, while Williams would give some solid scoring off the bench once Waiters is traded. – Chris Taylor, Columbus

Hey, Chris: I think the Cavs actually might take a look at Boozer if the Bulls amnesty him and his $16.8 million salary for next season, though I don’t think it would be popular with fans. Mo Williams never wanted to leave Cleveland, but the Cavs really don’t need another small guard.

This season, Boozer averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Is by amnestying Boozer the only way Cleveland would be interested in Boozer? I don’t think the cavs have to worry about Boozer’s salary since the Bulls will be responsible for at least 90% of it.

  • Thurstian Tsui

    I don’t think this would be a good move salary wise or not. The Cavs are in the middle of a youth movement, while it would be nice to bring in a veteran, would Carlos be a bench player or would he be a starter? Boozer is in the state where he’s awkwardly in between both positions and the difficulty is he would also take away minutes from our growing PFs.

    Boozer is a decent defensive presence but he isn’t really a stopper by any means. Furthermore, it remains to be seen how Anthony Bennett will develop but he’s shown flashes of being that big who can space the floor in the way Boozer would and has also shown some 3 point range (24% :s). My point is, while Boozer would be a good veteran presence he wouldn’t really provide that much on the court at this junction of his career that the Cavs couldn’t find from their players or from other more valuable free agent targets.