One of the more controversial players on the Chicago Bulls roster is Carlos Boozer. To some he is an effective player at his position who is not the greatest but still able to get the job done. But to others he is a lackluster athlete with problems on both sides of the court and a reputation of making bone-headed remarks to the media. Boozer’s expensive salary, $16 million in 2014, is certainly not making him any friends on either side of the fence.
Cries of “amnesty!” have rung around the Bulls fanbase for the past several years as Boozer’s contract is one of the primary reasons Chicago has been unable to make a play at recruiting talent to come play for the team. Boozer signed a $75 million deal with the Bulls in 2010. Since then, his wonky play has left many people feeling like they were robbed out of a good deal.
Wherever he ends up, the 6-foot-9, 266-pound Boozer is most likely going to be remembered for his average play on the court and his mind-boggling comments to the press. Consider this quote Boozer made after Chicago lost in the first-round of the playoffs to eighth-seed Philadelphia 76ers back in 2012.
“I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was,” said Boozer. “We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.”
Such comments are unbelievable considering the magnitude of stress and anger the team, and city, was under at that time. Recently, Boozer has complained to the press about the lack of minutes he is receiving in crunch time, criticizing coach Tom Thibodeau in a brazen lack of respect.
Reckless comments aside, Boozer just lacks the talents to compete effectively at his position in the league. Boozer is having his worst year as a Bull so far, scoring 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Backup power forward Taj Gibson has come into his own this season, stepping up to the plate when asked and proving he is deserving of more minutes.
Chicago needs to amnesty Boozer if they seek to free up their cap space and pursue better talent that can actually help move the Bulls forward instead of remaining stagnant. It always hurts to see someone go, all negatives aside, but a split between Chicago and Boozer would be for the best of everyone involved.