Mar 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) wipes his face 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

NBA Trade Rumors: Could Carlos Boozer Be Traded By Draft Day?

A report from the Chicago Sun Times on Friday indicated that the Chicago Bulls informed Taj Gibson that he would be the starting power forward for the Bulls next season.

While the focus of the article is rightfully on the fact that Gibson will be inserted into the starting rotation, little attention was paid to the fact that report labels Carlos Boozer‘s departure as imminent.

It’s possible that the report was simply using the “imminent” label loosely while operating under the assumption that Boozer will amnestied in July. Though, that would mean that the report is using the word “imminent” incorrectly.

But, we’re not going back to English class. We’re simply trying to discover if the Bulls could be working on a trade involving Boozer before the NBA Draft in June.

[Chicago Sun Times]

They simply could invoke the amnesty clause on Boozer, still paying him $16.8 million next season, but not having it count against the cap. Or they could use him as a key trading piece in a splashy deal because of his expiring contract.

Considering the high asking price that the Minnesota Timberwolves have for Kevin Love, the idea of some form of Love-Boozer swap seems highly unlikely.

Though, I’m more curious if there is a sign and trade that can be worked out between the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls involving Carmelo Anthony and Boozer.

The Bulls likely will not amnesty Boozer until they have exhausted all of their trade efforts. Meaning, Boozer is not going to be amnestied anytime soon–at least, not until July.

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