Jan 15, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers trade for Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer?

The Chicago Bulls have made it clear they want to add a third star to the mix.

They will likely chase Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. The discussion has more often revolved around Anthony, who could be the scorer the Bulls need to put them over the top.

First, the Bulls must rid themselves of the contract of Carlos Boozer either by using the amnesty clause to waive him or by finding someone to trade for him, which is what they would prefer to do.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes the Bulls could pawn Boozer off on a rebuilding team like the Orlando Magic or Philadelphia 76ers by including a pick or another asset in a deal.

Boozer’s production this season plummeted, so finding a taker for his remaining $16.5 million is not going to be easy, but given how many teams project to have cap space the question becomes would someone like Philadelphia or even Orlando trade a roster player for Boozer and the 19th pick?

The 76ers may likely find themselves stuck with Jason Richardson’s $6.6 million player option this summer; would swapping him for Boozer work for Chicago?

The Orlando Magic have the partially guaranteed $8 million contract of Jameer Nelson and shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who would be a perfect addition for the Bulls. It’s doubtful the Magic trade Afflalo for so little in return, but the Magic do have the means to be a player in this department if the return is right.

Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    So Boozer and the 19th pick to Orlando for Nelson and Affalo. That deal means no Melo if the Bulls take back contracts for Boozer.

    • http://www.illinoisestateplan.com/blog Jeff Gottlieb

      That would be a GREAT deal for the Bulls.

      • Leroy Boyd

        Yea I am pretty sure that deal and any other deal is secondary to the Melo deal but like you said it would be a great deal for the Bulls if no Melo

  • Zeru

    I’d take Boozer’s salary for the 19th pick for the Sixers. Most definately. Put’s us in position to grab another quality player to finish off our starting lineup. I’d do it in a heartbeat. Boozer isnt a bum he would provide good example leadership for a young team. Especially for any big men that we draft. Boozer immediately turned himself from 2nd round pick into a multimillionare with hard work and a get it done attitude. That couldnt hurt a young club like the Sixers at all.

    I’d take Boozer for the 19th pick in this year’s draft.