Long expected to be the target of the Chicago Bulls’ amnesty provision, Carlos Boozer’s fate seems even more cemented with the team’s recent signing of Pau Gasol.
The Bulls will want to clear cap space to make room for Gasol and to bring Nikola Mirotić into the states. When Boozer is amnestied, he will first have to clear waivers before he can more freely decide on his next destination.
At that point, Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler, says he has “no sense of who would put cap space into Boozer as an amnesty bid [but] if he clears he’ll be in Miami.”
The Heat have taken advantage of other teams amnestying players in the past, picking up Chris Andersen after the Denver Nuggets used the one-time provision on the big man. If Chicago amnesties Boozer, they will still pay him the $16.8 million he is due in 2014-15 but it will not count against the cap.
Miami, therefore, could sign Boozer for the veteran minimum of about $1.4 million while the Bulls keep sending him checks.
Boozer would be a welcome addition to the Heat, who could either start along side of Chris Bosh or be a valuable asset off the bench.
Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the free throw line last season.