HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

February 14, 2014 Updates

Death, taxes, and the Chicago Bulls using the amnesty provision to cut ties with Carlos Boozer this summer. All of them are about as certain as things come in life, though on the TNT broadcast of the Bulls/Nets game Thursday night, Craig Sager dropped a little bombshell that has since shaken Bulls fans to their cores: Chicago might not amnesty Boozer this summer after all. “After Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland earlier this year, Boozer began to wonder about his own future with the team,” Sager explained. “He told me tonight that he has been assured that he will not be traded by next week’s deadline, nor will the team buy out the final of his contract this summer unless they can land a superstar which is too good to pass up.” Basketball Insiders

Although Carlos Boozer started all 46 games he has played this year, he is down to a career low 2.8 minutes in the 4th quarter. And after Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland earlier this year, Boozer began to wonder about his own future with the team. He told me tonight that he has been assured that he will not be traded by next week's deadline, nor will the team buyout the final year of his contract this summer UNLESS they can land a superstar which is too good to pass up. SB Nation

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"Me and Thibs, we're both on the same page, man," he said. "We compete, we just want to win and I'm a competitor. Of course I want to be out there when the game is on the line. If you have a teammate that doesn't want to be out there, then he shouldn't be in the NBA. But Thibs understands. We've talked about it before and he wants to win. We want to win. It's only us. Nobody’s coming to save us this year. We’ve got to do it with what we’ve got in the locker room. We're all aware of that and we’ll be ready for the next one." Chicago Tribune

The Bulls power forward was unhappy with how he was being utilized late in games. General manager Gar Forman was at a "Hoops to Homework" community event on the west side of Chicago, but couldn't escape inquiries about Boozer's comments. "I'm disappointed that Carlos didn't keep that in-house," Forman said. "I think we've seen Tom does a terrific job managing guys' roles, managing their minutes. In that situation, Taj has played very, very well." CSN Chicago

February 3, 2014 Updates

Since Carlos Boozer arrived in the summer of 2010, he has started all 247 games in which he has played. Now, he's hoping to finish more. Reacting to not seeing the fourth quarter on the first two games of this six-game trip, a habit coach Tom Thibodeau employs often for defensive purposes, Boozer made clear he'd like his playing time to increase. "I think I should be out there, but it's (Thibodeau's) choice," Boozer said at Monday's morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. "I play. I don't coach. So he decides that. But honestly, he's been doing that a lot since I've been here, not putting me in the fourth quarter. Sometimes we win, more times than not we don't. But that's his choice." Chicago Tribune

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More and more people close to that situation say that there has been no decision made on that and that keeping Boozer and letting his contract play out might be what happens, unless a significant free agent becomes available to them. One source said it was more of a 50/50 split on Boozer finishing his contract in Chicago mainly because there may not be that major player that justifies paying Boozer to go play somewhere else, especially with the Bulls now being below the Luxury Tax line. Sulia

January 7, 2014 Updates

While stories about power forward Carlos Boozer being an amnesty candidate this offseason are like reporting the sky is blue, Boozer addressed the talk Monday. ‘‘It’s just part of the business,’’ Boozer said. ‘‘It’s part of being in the league. You’re going to hear rumors about you or your teammates. Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘I’ve been through it a thousand times. Just something you deal with. Just kind of block everything out, just try to hoop, get your team as high up [in the standings] as you can, and whatever happens is going to happen. “There’s a business side of basketball that a lot of fans and a lot of media don’t understand.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

January 6, 2014 Updates

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

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