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.
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.