At 4:13 pm Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls announced news that wasn't really news: they amnestied Carlos Boozer. The move comes to no surprise as Boozer was due to make $16.8 million this upcoming season. The Bulls needed to amnesty or trade him in order to have the sufficient cap space to take in the contracts of Pau Gasol (3 years, $22 million), Nikola Mirotic (3 years, $17 million) and Kirk Hinrich (2 years, $5.6 million). General Manager Gar Forman had this to say about 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. 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."
Boozer started 280 games for Chicago, averaging 15.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49.1% from the field. With the impending arrival of Nikola Mirotic and the eventual signing of Pau Gasol, both of whom are predominantly power forwards (like Boozer), Boozer's days were numbered in Chicago. It had seemed that way since his first season in Chicago. His lack of defensive productivity and inability to live up to his massive contract had many fans asking for his amnesty or demanded him to be traded away after his first season. With the acquisitions of Mirotic and Gasol, it's tough to say that the Bulls will miss his presence and skill-set.
If a team has interest in signing Boozer, here are the rules (via Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports).
"The NBA runs blind bidding process on amnesty-cases. High-bid wins. Bid $2 million on Boozer, pay him $2 million. Must be under cap to fit bid. One GM tells me: A team needs to have $1.448 million in cap space to bid on Boozer. That's what Boozer's minimum salary is."
Wojnarowski also states that the two early favorites to land Carlos Boozer are the Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls also officially announced Tuesday that they have officially waived Lou Amundson, Ronnie Brewer, and Mike James.