HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

In perhaps one of the worst-kept secrets the Bulls have tried to keep, a source said Wednesday that Boozer’s departure is a “done deal.” The source added that Boozer’s camp has been all but told that the power forward’s fate. Chicago Sun-Times

If the Chicago Bulls' dream scenario is to land Carmelo Anthony through a sign-and-trade involving Carlos Boozer, the Bulls will have to come up with another plan, according to league sources. The New York Knicks will not take back Boozer in a sign-and-trade deal, the sources said. ESPN.com

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However, league sources continue to indicate that despite Boozer’s expiring $16.8 million deal dovetailing with the Knicks’ plan for massive salary-cap space in 2015, the Knicks have no interest in acquiring Boozer as of now. Chicago Tribune

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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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

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