The Chicago Bulls are considering using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer, according to reports, which could open up an intriguing possibility for the Miami Heat.
Bulls told Carlos Boozer it’s a possibility he will be amnestied or used in a sign-&-trade but have made no final decisions, sources said
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 3, 2014
The Bulls would move Boozer’s salary in an attempt to sign Carmelo Anthony, who met with the team Tuesday. Chicago has long been expected to use its one-time amnesty provision Boozer, who is due to make $16.8 million next season.
According to the Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times, the Bulls may be hard pressed to find a partner for a potential sign-and-trade.
A source said Wednesday that Boozer’s departure is a “done deal,” adding that Boozer’s camp already has been informed.
There haven’t been any takers on a sign-and-trade for Boozer, and the Bulls also want the money to go in a different direction, whether Carmelo Anthony is in the mix or not.
If Chicago amnesties him, Boozer would still make his due salary. The Heat have taken advantage of this before with Chris Andersen, who signed for the veteran minimum to join Miami two seasons ago while still receiving the remainder of his contract from the Denver Nuggets.
If a sign-and-trade deal doesn’t surface, the Heat are a logical landing spot for Boozer, who owns a home in Miami. Boozer could potentially play alongside Chris Bosh or help boost Miami’s scoring off the bench. Either way, these are the opportunities Pat Riley tends to pounce on, and usually sees coming.
Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season.