Now that the Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs against the Washington Wizards, they have questions heading into the off-season as far as their plans go for improving the team. One question is what to do with Power Forward, Carlos Boozer. Many fans, and the media, have wanted the Bulls to amnesty him for the last few years.
“We know there’s been a lot written about that. We have valued Carlos and I think Carlos has had a big part of our success the last four years,” General Manager, Gar Forman said. “Obviously we still have amnesty as an option that we haven’t used that a lot of teams have. That’s something as we go into July, we’ll have to evaluate.”
The Bulls signed Boozer to a free agent contract in the summer of 2010, after they realized that they were not going to get Chris Bosh, who ended up signing with the Miami Heat. Critics, and fans, have criticized Boozer for his defense, and they more or less do not care that he brings some consistent scoring and rebounding to the team. Also, Boozer complaining about his lack of playing time this season in the 4th quarter has not pleased them either.
The team sat down with each player this past Wednesday for their usual end of the season player evaluations, and Boozer had this to say about his, “We had a good talk. I got a chance to talk to all my teammates and talk to Thibs, (Head Coach, Tom Thibodeau), very briefly, just briefly. I talked to Gar and Pax, (Bulls Executive Vice President, John Paxson), and (Bulls Assistant General Manager, Randy Brown), for a little while. They were great man, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens this summer. You never know what happens down the road, but I’ve really enjoyed my time in Chicago. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Bulls and this organization and again I would like to be here in the future.”
Sources are reporting that Boozer might not be amnestied at all, but instead, they might try to do everything they can to find a team to trade him to. Who knows if he will be gone or not, but it sure makes for a good story heading into the summer.