HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

June 22, 2014 Updates

Thus, the Bulls might have to sign Anthony, whom everyone from coach Tom Thibodeau to Rose is on board with adding, via outright salary-cap space. Using the amnesty provision on Boozer only nets them roughly $11 million of space, depending on where the cap is set July 1. The Bulls would have to sell off other pieces for nothing in return to create more cap space and would prefer obviously to keep Taj Gibson. So would Anthony should he land with the Bulls. Chicago Tribune

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While general manager Gar Forman has remained poker-faced about the future of Carlos Boozer in a Bulls uniform, several sources indicated that reserve power forward Taj Gibson was told by his coaching staff to start preparing this offseason to be a starter come tip-off 2014-15. And Gibson has. With about a week left of rehabbing a badly sprained left ankle that occurred in the Game 5 playoff loss to the Wizards last month, Gibson confirmed that he has been told “to get my body and mind right to be a starter.’’ “I mean this will be exciting,’’ Gibson said in a phone interview. “This is what I’ve always thought about. When I started [those six games] for Boozer when he was hurt during the season, I just know how excited I was, how good it felt to come to the arena.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

And while this past season has long been believed to be the final curtain call for Boozer, how the end comes is still the great unknown. Could the Bulls simply amnesty Boozer, still paying him the $16.8 million coming his way next season but not having it count against the cap? Or is he a key trading piece in a splashy deal because of his expiring contract? Considering the growing asking price in the Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, the Bulls will likely be headed for the amnesty option. Chicago Sun-Times

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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. ESPN.com

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But sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Bulls -- even before these developments came to light Friday night via noted NBA salary-cap expert Larry Coon -- were already feeling increasingly optimistic behind the scenes about their chances of convincing Anthony to leave the Knicks in the wake of New York's failure to make the playoffs. This is the first season Anthony has failed to reach the playoffs in his 11-year career. It's believed that the Bulls would still have to shed some veteran salary in addition to releasing former All-Star forward Carlos Boozer via the amnesty clause this summer to be able to make a competitive offer that could persuade Anthony to leave the new Jackson-led Knicks and the Madison Square Garden stage he loves so dearly. But a higher cap figure than anticipated would naturally make things easier for Chicago. ESPN.com

April 10, 2014 Updates

Boozer called the role reduction "challenging" but said he still sets a double-double as his goal. Boozer finished with six points and four rebounds against the Timberwolves. "I've just adjusted," he said. "I'm doing whatever I can to help my team in the minutes I'm out there. I'm being a team player. It's all about winning. You make sacrifices for the betterment of the group. That's what we're all doing. "Each night, there are different challenges depending on matchups and how often you touch the ball because that varies. But the intensity is always there. The passion is always there. Playing hard to win is always there. The numbers may vary, but the winning part is always there." Chicago Tribune

March 27, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls star Carlos Boozer has filed for divorce ... for the second time ... from the same woman. TMZ Sports has learned ... Boozer filed legal docs in Miami last week, alleging his marriage to Cindy Boozer was "irretrievably broken." TMZ.com

March 14, 2014 Updates

This season has been one of his most personally challenging, with a reduced role and widespread speculation about the Bulls using the amnesty provision to discard him this offseason. "I've been dealing with that all year, so the (amnesty) talk doesn't bother me," Boozer said. "I just block it out and try to hoop." Chicago Tribune

Boozer finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in 33:18 against the Rockets. "People can say whatever they want," Boozer said matter-of-factly, not defensively. "They have their own opinions. That's out of my control. I'm just doing everything I can to help my team be ready for the playoffs. That's all I can do. If you're out there, you have an important role." Chicago Tribune

March 13, 2014 Updates

No decision has been made on Carlos Boozer’s future. Bulls vice president John Paxson said so in January, and general manager Gar Paxson reiterated that position Wednesday. “People can say or think what they want, but that decision absolutely hasn’t been made,’’ Forman said in a phone interview from a scouting trip. “We make decisions when we have to make decisions.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

March 11, 2014 Updates

Whether it’s a lack of playing time in the fourth quarter or the reality that his contract could be amnestied this summer, there seems to be a disconnect lately between Carlos Boozer and the media. Case in point: Asked to talk to awaiting reporters after a recent practice, Boozer declined and said loudly, “I don’t give a damn.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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