Mar 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) grabs the jersey of Boston Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Will Chicago Bulls find a taker for Carlos Boozer?

After four years, the Chicago Bulls have made the decision to get rid of power forward Carlos Boozer (and the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to show interest in him).

The Bulls are trying to clear cap space to make a run at New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls will try to trade Boozer, but may have to take salary in return, it would defeat the purpose.

Well, the Bulls will try to trade him, so yeah, I definitely think there’s a chance. I don’t think it’s a good one, though, particularly if they want to sign Carmelo. It’d be tough to find a team that’s able, much less willing, to take on Boozer’s salary without sending a bunch of salary in return. And getting another team’s unwanted contracts would defeat the purpose, or at best, it would be a matter of trading their overpriced asset for another team’s overpriced asset. But what Jerry Krause thinks probably won’t have much bearing, since he left that team years ago, of course. It’s up to Gar Forman and John Paxson now.

Of course, if the Bulls don’t trade Boozer, they can still waive him via the amnesty clause.

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

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Bulls are not going to take back salary in a trade for Boozer unless its someone they can release the same day otherwise I dont see how any team who take on that 16 mil plus salary. All I see is Boozer getting amnestyed

  • jtrain23

    The only way I see the Bulls taking on salary in a trade is if they do some kind of sign and trade deal for Anthony. There would obviously have to be other pieces (players, draft rights/picks) put in there to make the Knicks be interested and make the numbers work. It is a long shot, because I do not see the Bulls giving up first rounders of the rights to Mirotic.

  • James Tillman

    To be honest, it’s not a certainty yet as to whether or not Boozer will return next year. While he did have his worst season in Chicago, that can be directly related to his reduced playing time during the second half of the season. Also, Forman has stated that Boozer was a big part of the team’s success the past few seasons and has been non-committal on whether or not the team will exercise the amnesty provision.

  • bernhe7

    Only if they include some draft choices. That would be good for New York.