Over the past month the Bulls have had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Their defense has actually gotten better over the course of the year, and they are heading into the playoffs as the team no one wants to face. Things are going well on all fronts for them, right? Do not tell that to Carlos Boozer.
For the second time this season, Boozer is complaining. First, he complained that he was not getting the minutes down the stretch in games that a starter normally garners.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times writes that Boozer is not happy. His displeasure has to do with him having the feeling of being “pushed out” by the organization at the end of the year.
For their part, Gar Forman and John Paxson say they have not made a decision of Boozer. They have the option of amnestying his contract and freeing up his $16.8 million salary due next season.
The option of amnesty is something the Bulls won’t do just for the sake of it. They have to decide whether or not they are in play for any of the big free agents like Carmelo Anthony this offseason. There is also the plan on Nikola Mirotic and if they are able to get him away from Real Madrid.
This airing out his frustrations is one of the things that infuriate Bulls fans when it comes to Boozer. He seems to be concerned with things that he shouldn’t be concerned with. He wants to be the yeller on the court, whether the Bulls are up by 20 or down by 20. He complains about his minutes and his status NEXT YEAR, when things are going well NOW and he should be preparing for a big playoff run.
The Bulls cutting ties with Boozer would be something the Bulls have to think about. He is a big chunk of the team’s salary cap, and freeing up that money allows them to pick up the scorer this team sorely needs.
Boozer has been productive in terms of the regular season, but the perception is that he does not carry it over to the playoffs. As well at the team may do in the regular season, it is in the playoffs when a team establishes its reputation.
Beating the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the regular season means nothing if one of them is holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy instead of the Bulls.
Boozer just needs to keep his mouth shut, play out the season, maybe contribute to a long playoff run, then worry about the offseason when it comes. Worrying about that stuff now just reinforces the bad feelings some Bulls have for him. It would also look bad for him while trying to find a new team to play for.
Why invite the trouble when the Chicago Bulls are the feel-good story of the year?