On Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls finally made the long awaited move to part ways with power forward Carlos Boozer. After several attempts to trade the veteran big man, the Bulls finally made the decision to waive Boozer via the amnesty clause. The Bulls needed the room after a busy offseason that includes the signings of Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol and Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić.
Gasol agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal while Mirotić’s deal is worth $17 million over three years.
The Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets are currently considered the favorites to land Boozer while he would reportedly prefer to play for the Miami Heat. 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.
As Real GM pointed out, there are now only seven players remain eligible to be waived via the amnesty clause. Those players are Atlanta Hawks’ center Al Horford, Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo, Memphis Grizzlies’ point guard Mike Conley, the 2013-2014 NBA MVP, forward Kevin Durant, big man Nick Collison and center Kendrick Perkins, all of the Oklahoma City Thunder and a former NBA Finals MVP, San Antonio Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker.
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Perkins was the only other possible amnesty candidate, but the Thunder opted to hang on to him.
The Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz have not used the amnesty clause to waive a player, but have no players on their roster eligible.