The Chicago Bulls amnestied veteran power forward Carlos Boozer on July 16.
The Chicago Bulls have amnestied veteran power forward Carlos Boozer.
The Bulls issued a press release regarding Boozer's amnesty on their official website on July 16:
"The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has amnestied forward Carlos Boozer.
"'Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago, said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. 'Over the last four seasons, Carlos' productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.'
"In four seasons with the Bulls, Boozer appeared in 280 games (all starts) and averaged 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, and 2.0 apg in 30.4 mpg and shot .491 from the field."
ESPN's Brian Windhorst explains Boozer's release was to make room for new Bulls players Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic:
"The Chicago Bulls have waived forward Carlos Boozer using the amnesty provision to clear cap space to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.
"Boozer took to Twitter to thank the organization:
"The Bulls informed Boozer of their decision on Tuesday and had until midnight Wednesday to put him on waivers. The Bulls will still owe Boozer the $16.8 million left on his salary this season but it will not count on their salary cap.
"Combined with their trade of Anthony Randolph to the Orlando Magic and Greg Smith to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, the Bulls will clear about $13 million in cap space. Gasol is expected to sign a three-year deal worth more than $22 million and Mirotic is expected to sign for $18 million over three years with the Bulls permitted to give him $600,000 to help pay off his buyout from Real Madrid, sources said.
"After the Bulls agreed to terms with Gasol and Mirotic, the need for cap space made it clear they would eventually have to amnesty Boozer.
"Teams with salary-cap space can bid to acquire Boozer for this season. The bids are blind and team with the highest bid will be awarded him with the bid amount deducted from what the Bulls will have to pay Boozer.
"With numerous teams currently having cap space and Boozer still productive -- he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season -- it is unlikely he will clear amnesty waivers to become an unrestricted free agent."
ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg weighed in on Boozer's release from the Bulls:
"Boozer was a lot like Alfonso Soriano. He was overpaid because he was a free agent, and fans never forgot that the dollars didn't always match the performance.
"Boozer started his career on a bad foot, when it was announced he fractured his right wrist 'tripping over a bag at his house.' It was a questionable injury for a player known for being injury-prone, but after quickly returning from that injury, he turned into something of an 'iron man' for a team constantly dealing with injuries.
"You could count on Boozer to show up every game. There's something to be said for that.
"Boozer made 280 starts while finishing far fewer games. He averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds, playing just more than 30 minutes a game.
"Give Boozer credit: No starter cheered more for his backup than he did for Taj Gibson in the fourth quarter.
"But by his last season, it was obvious his time had run out. He played only 28 minutes a game, mostly the first and third quarters. He averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, the lowest averages since his rookie season in Cleveland."
The 32-year-old Boozer is entering his 13th NBA season. He has avearged 16.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 790 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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