It was the Summer of 2010 and the Chicago Bulls were gaga over free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Bulls had high-profile meetings with both James and Wade and at one point, it seemed as if the Bulls were going to land Wade and Bosh. However, in a move that was pre-meditated, Wade, James, and Bosh all signed with the Miami Heat.
The Bulls were left with a pile of money and no one to spend it on. Enter Carlos Boozer. In light of missing out on Wade, Bosh and James, the Bulls decided to make Boozer their consolation prize and sign the power forward to a 5-year, $75 million contract. Boozer being the power forward that was hyped as a 20-10 guy and the player to get the Bulls over the top.
Though, that summer should have been sign. Shortly after the Bulls signed Boozer, the power forward reportedly slipped on a gym bag that resulted in the breaking of his hand. Boozer missed the first two months of the 2o10-2011 season for the Bulls.
Boozer’s first game with the Bulls came on December 1, 2010 against the Orlando Magic. Boozer played 22 minutes in that game while scoring 5 points and gathering 2 rebounds. Though, a slow start was to be expected after the breaking of his hand. Boozer was relatively productive during his first season with the Bulls but the forward would be inconsistent in the Bulls’ playoff run that season. A run that ended with the Bulls losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.
Boozer’s production would decrease after his first season with the Bulls and the power forward would slowly begin to see more time on the bench during the fourth quarter in favor of Taj Gibson. Boozer’s decline in production came at an inopportune time as the Bulls were in need of some scoring in light of the two major knee injuries to Derrick Rose in the past 2 years.
During the 2013-2014 regular season, Boozer was no more than an afterthought only staying relevant when he would openly criticize his own head coach.
Boozer’s last game with the Bulls was undoubtedly on April 29, 2014. In the Bulls game 5 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, Boozer played 28 minutes while only scoring 10 points and gathering 9 rebounds.
A fitting end to Boozer’s tenure with the Bulls in which will probably be remembered most for the time he sprayed on hair.
Boozer will be amnestied by the Bulls in the summer and the Bulls will move forward with their efforts to improve the team for the 2014-2015 season.