With the trading of Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls may not be in tank mode, but they are definitley looking toward to the future. The next domino to fall is the amnesty of Carlos Boozer—one of the worst kept secrets in the NBA.
The Miami Heat have found some treasure in other teams’ trash, such as Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley. Would the Heat look toward Boozer to help improve its front court should he become available?
Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel addressed the subject:
Carlos has Miami ties, has run basketball camps in the area and has family and friends in South Florida. But it is highly unlikely he would be willing to settle for the minimum, which likely would be all the Heat would offer, unless there is a tax-saving breakup of the Big Three.
It’s possible from a financial sense, but it doesn’t makes basketball sense. The Bulls, after all, will amnesty Boozer for a reason. He has underperformed since signing his top-dollar deal in 2010 and is consistently outplayed by Taj Gibson and Deng, especially at the end of games.
The same frustrations Bulls fans have with Boozer is the same that Heat fans have with Chris Bosh. They are both finesse forwards who prefer to play looking at the basket.
That said, fans looking at the amnesty and waiver wire are on the right track. The Heat will look to add some veterans in the summer when nearly the entire team can come off the books. Pat Riley likes to shop in the clearance section.