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: Chicago Bulls won’t amnesty Carlos Boozer?

Now that New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract, he will become an unrestricted free agent when free agency officially begins on Tuesday.

Although the Knicks have recently expressed confidence in re-signing Anthony, many consider the Chicago Bulls to be the favorite. To do so, they must get rid of Carlos Boozer either via a trade or via the amnesty clause.

However, according to Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News, Bulls’ owner Jerry Reinsdorg may not allow the Bulls to use the amnesty clause to waive Boozer.

It must make Anthony crazy, what with Phil Jackson calling him out again in public to take a pay cut to return to the Knicks. And then Melo’s top suitors, starting one minute after midnight Monday night, still trying to find ways to come up with the kind of cash that will make Anthony want to uproot his family and move away from the NBA’s No. 1 stage.

The Bulls have not given any indication that they’re going to create the cap space for Anthony by using their one-time amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer. Inside the team’s executive offices, there was a genuine fear as of Friday that owner Jerry Reinsdorf won’t give his go-ahead to have Boozer’s $16.8 million lopped off the books. He’s as opposed to paying a player to walk away as he is to forking over even a dime in luxury tax.

Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 45.6% from the field and 76.7% from the free throw line last season.

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  • Mel

    This article is wrong.

  • Brad

    It needs to happen or sign and trade if not the Bulls won’t get anyone again which I think is going to happen horrible management by the Bulls.

  • Carl Junior

    I find it hard to believe that Boozer shot “76.7% from beyond the arc last season”. But in all seriousness, this article is dead wrong, as clearly stated elsewhere, “Bulls executive vice president John Paxson acknowledged that team owner Jerry Reinsdorf has given the front office the green light to spend how it sees fit. ” Given this statement directly by John Paxson, it is not that the Bulls won’t amnesty Boozer, it’s that there has been a lack of discussion on the topic because the Bulls are doing everything in their power to align a trade including Boozer so that more cap space becomes available and they don’t have to use their amnesty provision and pay Boozer to leave. If the time comes and amnestying Boozer is the only thing standing between them and Carmelo, you can certainly expect the Bulls to pull the trigger.

  • Daniel Zhu

    The article is from New York Daily News, so we all know it’s a media battle between New York and Chicago.

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Sign and trade would be ideal…but if amnesty is the only way to sign Melo and the owner intervenes and screws it up, I’ll be pissed as a fan!