Jan 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Jordan Hill (27) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers swap Carlos Boozer, Steve Nash?

The Chicago Bulls clearly want to do whatever they can to get rid of Carlos Boozer, but would prefer to trade him rather than waiving him via the amnesty clause.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes the Bulls should consider trading Boozer to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Steve Nash and shooting guard Jodie Meeks, who would have to be acquired in a sign-and-trade.

I think a couple of the salary cap teams will look at Boozer… Philly could be one. I think the Lakers could be one. All of it is possible.

I have said for a while if I am Chicago I offer one of the picks and Boozer and see who will take him.

Honestly if I am Chicago, I’d take Steve Nash in a deal for Boozer. Even if he doesn’t play, that shaves almost $7.1 million off the books. Jodie Meek in a sign and trade along with Nash for Boozer… I would do that before I pay Boozer $16 million to play somewhere else.

I wouldn’t drill into just the 76ers, but they have the kinds of assets that Chicago would surely look at. No one really has the cap space to “absorb” Boozer until July when the new cap gets set, so whatever picks get involved would be used by the team and then traded later.

Boozer averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while Nash put up 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in just 15 games and Meeks went for 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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