The Bulls continued the business of rebuilding a roster, and it’s been known for quite some time that Carlos Boozer would no longer be a part of those plans.
It became official on Tuesday, however, as the organization announced that Boozer’s four-year stay had come to an end, as the Bulls announced they amnestied the power forward.
“Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago,’’ Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.’’
Boozer put out a message of his own in the wake of the announcement, taking to his Twitter account and writing, “Wanna Say Thank You To The Bulls Organization!!! Thank You For The Last Four Years!!!’’
With the move, the Bulls take $16.8 million off the cap space, even though they still have to pay Boozer, and can now use that money toward the three-year, $22-million Pau Gasol contract and three-year, $17 million Nikola Mirotic deal.
As for Boozer, who averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds per game in his time with the Bulls, teams with cap space can now bid on him, with the highest bid winning the claim. They will then set his salary for the 2014-15 season, and the Bulls will have to pay the difference between that number and the money they owed him.
Not that any of this came as a surprise, however. The Sun-Times learned back on July 2, that the Boozer camp was pushing for an answer on his future and was told by the organization that with no trade interest, Boozer was headed for amnesty.
He had definitely fallen out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau, who played him basically in just the first and third quarters of games this past year because of the emergence of Taj Gibson, as well as Boozer’s shaky defense.
The Bulls also waived Lou Amundson, Ronnie Brewer and Mike James.