Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Bulls: No decision yet on Boozer's future
By Nick Friedell
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday that a final decision regarding the use of the amnesty clause on the final year of Carlos Boozer's contract has not been made.
"Those decisions, they haven't been made," Thibodeau said. "I think it's important to take a step back, and then you look at the season in its entirety. And Carlos has done some very good things for us."
After a solid season a year ago, Boozer regressed on both ends of the floor, averaging 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.
Forman said the Bulls will evaluate their options with Boozer. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option. The amnesty clause would allow the Bulls to lose the $16.8 million cap hit for Boozer in 2014-15, but the team would still have to pay the veteran forward his remaining salary after releasing him.
"We know there's been a lot written about that," Forman said. "We have valued Carlos. And I think Carlos has had a big part of our success the last four years. Obviously, we still have amnesty as an option that we haven't used that a lot of teams have. That's something as we go into July we'll have to evaluate. If it's something that makes sense as far as getting our team stronger, we may go that way. But we also may not go that way. And you guys know us: We're not going to make decisions until we have had a chance to really go through the process, study what the pluses are, what the minuses could be and then make whatever we think is the best decision for our team."
Boozer did not speak to reporters after Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Washington Wizards. He drove past reporters without making a comment after Wednesday's team meeting at the Berto Center.