6 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Should Amnesty Carlos Boozer Soon

The Bulls Should Amnesty Carlos Boozer Soon

The Chicago Bulls Should Amnesty Carlos Boozer Soon
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It’s no secret to the sports world that Carlos Boozer is a prime candidate for the Chicago Bulls to use the amnesty clause on this summer. He is an expensive player for the Bulls to keep on the bench for nearly half the game. There are multiple reasons why the Bulls should amnesty Boozer, but the sooner they act, the better positioned the team will be heading into the NBA offseason.

Production Level

Production Level
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Production Level

Production Level
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This season, his 12th in the league, Boozer recorded his lowest per game averages in points, assists, rebounds and field goal percentage since his rookie season. Even more telling is that his win shares earned (WS) this season was 3.4, his lowest of his career discounting the 2008-09 season where he missed over half the season due to injury. Yes, his minutes have dropped, but that was partly due to his poor play before the All-Star break.

Inability to be Reliable on Defense

Inability to be Reliable on Defense
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Inability to be Reliable on Defense

Inability to be Reliable on Defense
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When Boozer came to Chicago in 2010, the Bulls knew what they were getting. A four man who was capable of posting a double-double on any given night. However, his defense was never one of his strengths. Over the last two seasons, his lack of defensive skills has been on display for the basketball world to notice. It got so bad down the road this season that Boozer would often be benched in the fourth quarter of games.

Taj Gibson is the Future

Taj Gibson is the Future
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Taj Gibson is the Future

Taj Gibson is the Future
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We’ve already gotten a taste of what Taj Gibson brings to this Bull team. A tough interior defense presence who can step out and hit a 20 footer. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) was greater than that of Boozer’s this season, the first time Gibson has surpassed Boozer in that statistic. As Boozer's minutes have decreased this season, so has his role on the team to make way for Gibson, who is ultimately his equivalent at a much younger age.

Making Way for Mirotic

Making Way for Mirotic
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Making Way for Mirotic

Making Way for Mirotic
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One of the most talked about European prospects yet to make his NBA debut, Nikola Mirotic may finally get his chance in the league next season. The 6-foot-10 sharpshooter, drafted in the first round by Chicago in 2011, would immediately help the Bulls offensively. His body frame and skill set has drawn comparisons to other European standouts such as Toni Kukoc and Dirk Nowitzki.

Cost of Keeping Him

Cost of Keeping Him
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Cost of Keeping Him

Cost of Keeping Him
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When the Bulls signed Boozer in 2010, I thought they overpaid in a reactionary move to not obtaining the big prizes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. His million contract was a high price for a team that was gearing up to extend both Rose and Joakim Noah. He is set to earn .8 million next season, a large sum that could and will be needed to attract/sign a big name free agent.

Need to Convince Free Agents there is Money to Spend in Chicago

Need to Convince Free Agents there is Money to Spend in Chicago
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Need to Convince Free Agents there is Money to Spend in Chicago

Need to Convince Free Agents there is Money to Spend in Chicago
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Although the free agency period does not officially begin until July, the decisions of this summer's big name players who could hit the open market will most likely be made before that date. The dispatch of Boozer and his high dollar contract would open up the books for a potential free agent splash. But if the Bulls wait too long to part ways, they may not seem as being a viable option for the coveted free agents until it’s too late.

Justin Ullestad is a Chicago Bulls writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @justin_ullestad. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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