In what has been the worst kept secret this summer, the Chicago Bulls have amnestied Carlos Boozer.
According to a report from Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times, the Bulls have informed Boozer that he will be amnestied.
[Chicago Sun Times]
A source said Wednesday that Boozer’s departure is a “done deal,” adding that Boozer’s camp already has been informed.
The Bulls have three weeks before the move needs to be made official, but the team wants to start piecing together their roster. Amnestying Boozer will aid the Bulls in their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and other impact free agents.
One player the Bulls may spend the newly saved money on is Pau Gasol. The Bulls are meeting with Gasol on Thursday and plan to pitch the former Laker on the idea of being paired together with Anthony. Though, the report from the Sun Times states that the Bulls would need to convince Gasol to take less money for that scenario to come true.
The domino in all of this is indeed Anthony. If the Bulls are able to acquire Anthony, then the money from Boozer’s amnesty would almost entirely be sent in the direction of the former Knicks’ forward.
But if the Bulls miss out on Anthony, then the money saved could be spent on Gasol and other qualitative free agents.