Gar Forman Says Carlos Boozer Part Of Chicago Bulls Core & Won’t Be Waived
Chicago Bulls fans are down on Carlos Boozer. He just hasn’t played up to the $80 million contract he signed two years ago, and the fans want him waived by using the amnesty provision.
But, apparently, they’re stuck with him. Bulls GM Gar Forman told CBS Sports Radio in Chicago that Boozer remains part of the team’s plans.
“I think Carlos had a very productive year,” Forman said. “You look back, he’s the only guy on our team that played every game and practiced every day on a team that won more games than anybody in the NBA. He was our second leading scorer and our second leading rebounder.
“We’re looking forward to Carlos continuing to make progress. I know the last game clouds it a little bit, but he was very productive in the games before that. Even in that last game, in 27 minutes, he had 13 boards. I anticipate Carlos being with us and having another productive year next season.”
The last game to which Forman is referring is Boozer’s 1-for-11, three-point performance when the Bulls were eliminated in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Boozer averaged 13.5 points, on 42.2 percent shooting, and 9.8 rebounds over the six-game series; and 15.0 points, on 53.2 percent shooting, and 8.5 rebounds during the regular season.
Amnestying Boozer though does not mean that the Bulls can sign another player to fit into his $15-16 million annual salary slot. They’d be over the salary cap and would only be able to use provisions such the midlevel exception or minimum salary exception to sign free agents.
“We’re happy Carlos Boozer is here and we like the core of the team that we have under contract,” Forman said.