The Chicago Bulls haven’t seen too many positive season from power forward Carlos Boozer, though he’s been far from an asset. Through 43 appearances in the 2013-14 NBA season, Boozer has averaged 14.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game on 45.7 percent shooting. He’s still a liability defensively and his efficiency numbers have slipped to a troubling level on the offensive end.
As a result, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has more often than not elected to go with Taj Gibson in the fourth quarter over Boozer. This isn’t a new occurrence for Boozer and the Bulls, but his 4.8 minutes per game in the fourth quarter this season are low for a starting forward in this league.
One of the things that many people admired about Boozer over recent years, though, is how he never seemed unhappy with his limited minutes in the final period. He seemed content to play his role and that was that. However, that doesn’t seem like it’s the case anymore.
According to reports out of Chicago, Boozer is a bit perturbed with his lack of playing time in the fourth quarter, even saying that “more often than not” they lose when he’s not getting run in the final 12 minutes of play.
While Gibson’s performance alone seems to render Boozer’s comments and feelings a tad irrelevant, what seems to be certain now is that Boozer’s time in Chicago has a pretty clear expiration date on it now.
When the Bulls traded away Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum and then released Bynum to shed salary, it became clear that the salary cap was one of their primary concerns in trying to re-structure the roster a bit. As a result, there were immediate assumptions that Boozer would be waived via the amnesty clause after the season. Now with him expressing unhappiness with the team, that seems like an even more likely possibility. Nothing’s certain, but the writing appears to be on the wall for Boozer’s future with the Bulls.