Mar 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bulls defeated the Sixers 102-94. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls rumors: Carlos Boozer amnesty a 'done deal'

The Chicago Bulls host New York Knicks’ free agent forward Carmelo Anthony Tuesday on the first official day of free agency.

The Bulls gave Anthony a tour of the United Center, let him watch point guard Derrick show that he is healthy and took him to a dinner that included with Bulls’ players Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, head coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Gar Forman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

The Bulls are also interested in several other big name players like Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol. To sign Anthony, Gasol or any player above mid-level, the Bulls would have to cut some costs and that means dumping Carlos Boozer. It was believed by many the Bulls wouldn’t use the amnesty provision to waive Boozer, but it looks as though those reports were false.

According to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times, Boozer’s departure is a “done deal.”

A source said Wednesday that Boozer’s departure is a “done deal,” adding that Boozer’s camp already has been informed.

There haven’t been any takers on a sign-and-trade for Boozer, and the Bulls also want the money to go in a different direction, whether Carmelo Anthony is in the mix or not.

Under the amnesty provision, Boozer still will be paid the $16.8 million he’s due next season, but it won’t count against the salary cap.

There was a minority opinion that chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wouldn’t want to pay a player and get nothing in return, but that’s not the case. The Bulls think the time to make a run in the Eastern Conference is now, and that can’t be accomplished with Boozer on the roster.

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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  • Road Dog

    I have been very hard on CB over the years. His matador defense and lack of defense had me screaming at the TV almost every game he played. I have come to the conclusion that I expected something from a player that was never in his basketball DNA. Carlos was never a shot blocker or above the rim player from his Utah days and I should have realized that. Now that he’s gone I’ll say best of luck to you CB, maybee you can contribute what you have to offer to another team that does’nt need your defense.