Bulls player preview: Carlos Boozer

September, 16, 2013
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With training camp almost here, Nick Friedell previews every player on the Bulls roster.

Carlos Boozer Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThis likely will be Carlos Boozer's last season with the Bulls.

Carlos Boozer

Age: 31 | Pos.: PF | Salary: $15,300,000

Role for Bulls in 2013-2014: If Boozer has the same kind of season he had last year, the organization will be happy. He averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds a game, providing the Bulls with a solid offensive presence for a team without Derrick Rose. While Boozer will never be a great defensive player, his defense was a little more consistent last season and Tom Thibodeau will be looking for the same effort this year.

The question for Boozer is can he put up the same numbers without getting the ball as much? With Rose back, Boozer's touches won't be as high so he will have to take advantage of the ones he gets.

What happened this summer?: Like many of his teammates, Boozer spent time traveling around the globe. He was part of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program during a stop in Portugal.

What does the future hold? In all likelihood, this will be Boozer's last season with the Bulls. The organization likely will amnesty the final year of his deal with the hopes of landing a new difference maker with the remaining cap space. Boozer was always the consolation prize in the summer of 2010 behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He had a few big games during his Bulls' tenure, but never developed into the back-to-the-basket scorer the Bulls believed they were getting when they signed him.

Bottom line: Enjoy Boozer's yells now because he will be screaming for somebody else next season. In the meantime, he can still help the Bulls win as long as he rebounds and hits his open jumpers.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5