On Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls amnestied Carlos Boozer. Boozer is now a free agent after spending the last four years in Chicago.
Boozer certainly had a turbulent time in Chicago. Many viewed him as a consolation prize after the Bulls lost out on the LeBron James sweepstakes.
That first year, he missed almost all of training camp and the first 15 games if the season with a fracture in his right hand. Boozer said he tripped over a gym bag answering the door in his darkened condo. That started the jokes, and they continued throughout his time with the Bulls.
Boozer averaged 15.5 points per game and 9 rebounds in his four seasons with the Bulls. Even though fans were constantly on him about his numbers, he was second in scoring to Derrick Rose (what does that say for a team that a player can miss two seasons and STILL lead the team in scoring?), and second to Joakim Noah in rebounds.
General manager Gar Forman spoke about Boozer after the amnesty. “We appreciate all that Carlos brought to the organization and the team. He was a true professional. He was productive on the court and a big part of some of the success we had. He was an excellent teammate. He also was terrific in the community. Unfortunately, under the rules of the new CBA it was necessary for us to use this provision at this time to continue to build our team. We want to thank Carlos for all he brought to the table.”
Under the amnesty provision, teams with at least $1.5 million in cap space can bid for Boozer. Whatever team that wins the bid takes that bid off of what the Bulls need to pay. For example, if a team bids $3 million, then the Bulls will owe Boozer just $13.8 million instead of the $16.8 million it owes currently.
If no one bids, Boozer becomes an unrestricted free agent, available to every team but the Bulls.
The Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks , Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are some of the teams that may submit bids for Boozer.
Bulls fans no longer have Carlos Boozer to kick around anymore.