Report: Boozer could be trade chip before amnesty candidate

Report: Boozer could be trade chip before amnesty candidate
April 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
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There are plenty of question marks surrounding the Bulls' offseason plans. And many of those questions have to deal with Carlos Boozer.

Many observers expect the Bulls to consider amnestying Boozer and ridding themselves of his big contract. But reporting from ESPN's Marc Stein might lead many to hold that thought.

Stein is reporting that the Bulls might rather try to trade Boozer than simply letting him loose and wiping their hands of the situation.

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Here's more from Stein:

You continue to hear rumbles that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is adamantly against the idea of setting Boozer free via amnesty, even though the 32-year-old is finally poised to enter the final year of his contract, valued in 2014-15 at $16.8 million.


Sources briefed on Chicago's thinking say the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option. 


Bear in mind that Chicago essentially has until July 15 to craft a deal that finds a new home for Boozer after a season in which he lost much of his fourth-quarter run to Taj Gibson. The NBA's amnesty window this summer runs through July 10-16.

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So the Bulls, who figured to clear up cap space partially by letting Boozer go, might try a different, more creative route to ending their relationship with the power forward.

Stay tuned.