Chicago Bulls 50/50 on Carlos Boozer amnesty

Jan 15, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the Chicago Bulls traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, rumors surfaced that the organization was planning to let Carlos Boozer go in the summer via the amnesty clause. While that is still a possbility, the Bulls are not just going to release their power forward for the sake of doing so. If they do pay Boozer off and get his contract of their books, the Bulls want to land a big-time free agent.

More and more people close to that situation say that there has been no decision made on that and that keeping Boozer and letting his contract play out might be what happens, unless a significant free agent becomes available to them.

One source said it was more of a 50/50 split on Boozer finishing his contract in Chicago mainly because there may not be that major player that justifies paying Boozer to go play somewhere else, especially with the Bulls now being below the Luxury Tax line.

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Probably the only major free agent who the Bulls could hope to lure is Carmelo Anthony. It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are mediocre and will likely remain so until some of their terrible contracts come off the books. Anthony isn’t getting any younger and his championship window as the main go-to guy could be closing, so Chicago could be a viable option. Still, it’s a long shot at best, as the Knicks want to keep their superstar and can pay him way more than any other team.

Clearly the Bulls are not making a decision until they get a chance to see what is available in free agency and they could certainly keep him for another year or perhaps swing some kind of a mid-season trade including his expiring contract.

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