Carlos Boozer will be amnestied by the Chicago Bulls, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The long-expected move was inevitable after the Bulls agreed to terms with Pau Gasol.
The Chicago Bulls informed Carlos Boozer they have used the amnesty clause on the final year of his contract, expunging his $16.8 million off the franchise’s salary cap, sources told Yahoo Sports.
[UPDATE 5:44 PM] The Bulls have indeed used its one-time amnesty provision on Boozer, according to multiple reports.
The Miami Heat are a rumored destination for the power forward, with Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler remarking that if Boozer clears waivers, “he’ll be in Miami.”
Teams have until Thursday to put in a minimum waiver claim of $1.448 million for Boozer. Whichever team places the highest bid will get Boozer, who will be paid $16.8 million by the Bulls throughout the season.
While Miami is a destination for Boozer, who reportedly has a home in the area, the chances that he will clear waivers is slim.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman is reporting that the Heat could make a waiver claim for Boozer.
Have been informed there is a chance Heat could cobble bid for Boozer, but seems unlikely considering space of others.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 15, 2014
It is doubtful that a minimum claim by the Heat will be enough to beat the other suitors, of which include the Charlotte Hornets, according to Wojnarowski. Still, it remains a possibility and something Heat fans should keep an eye on.