HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

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Though it's unlikely, perhaps a team will become desperate and increase its offer to meet the Bulls' asking price. Barring that, the Bulls still view Deng as an asset this summer. First, they will attempt to re-sign him via free agency, though they recognize that isn't a sure thing. Perhaps a sign-and-trade scenario will materialize. And if Deng walks for nothing, the resulting salary-cap space aids their main offseason objective — signing 2011 draft-day acquisition Nikola Mirotic. "(Management) fields calls all the time, and if a player is a good player you're going to get more calls about him," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That's all part of it. They're not actively seeking to move anybody, but they're always looking to see if we can improve our club. And if something makes sense, they'll consider it." Chicago Tribune

January 5, 2014 Updates

Boozer missed his first game of the season Saturday night with a sore right knee that the Bulls don't believe will sideline him long. Boozer felt soreness after Thursday's victory over the Celtics, and coach Tom Thibodeau said an MRI came back negative. Boozer played in every game in a season for the first time in his career during the lockout-shortened, 66-game 2011-12 season. Last season, Boozer missed only three games and had the longest consecutive-games streak of his career end at 123. "He never misses practices or games really," Thibodeau said. "It has been a big plus." Chicago Tribune

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Yet it can already be said that the fondness within the organization for Mirotic is such that the versatile 6-10 forward, who's shooting well above 60 percent from the floor in Euroleague play, is regarded as a bigger part of the future by the Bulls' brain trust than either longtime Thibodeau favorite Deng or Boozer. ESPN.com

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The Chicago Bulls are used to playing shorthanded in recent years, but as the injuries pile up, the losses grow more frustrating. The Bulls were without starting small forward Luol Deng for Saturday's 92-75 loss to the Detroit Pistons, their fifth loss in seven games since losing Derrick Rose to season-ending knee surgery. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started backup power forward Taj Gibson in Deng's place, alongside Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. The decision was a response to the Pistons' big frontcourt unit that features Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. "It's real frustrating, because we're not getting a chance to get a rhythm," Gibson said of the constant lineup changes and injuries. "There's always one guy banged up from the night before." USA Today Sports

November 29, 2013 Updates

Had the Bulls known Rose would be down, they would have amnestied Boozer last summer, but lacking a better offensive option in the frontcourt, they stuck with him. Boozer has only one year left on his contract (for $16.8 million) after this season, which makes him somewhat more attractive as a trade chip. But probably not attractive enough. "There are still a lot of players who can do what Carlos does at a much cheaper price," one general manager said. "No one is putting themselves out to get him." Sporting News

November 26, 2013 Updates

Carlos Boozer's big contract expires after 2014-15, and he will make $16.8 million the final year. It will be tough to move his deal and get what they want in return. The Bulls could always amnesty Boozer in the offseason, but their philosophy on that has always been: "Where else are we going to get 17 points and eight rebounds a game?" Guard Jimmy Butler is an asset, but the Bulls aren't interested in moving him. USA Today Sports

November 25, 2013 Updates

Carlos Boozer's big contract expires after 2014-15, and he will make $16.8 million the final year. It will be tough to move his deal and get what they want in return. The Bulls could always amnesty Boozer in the offseason, but their philosophy on that has always been: "Where else are we going to get 17 points and eight rebounds a game?" USA Today Sports

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