While there’s been plenty of back and forth on the subject over the last few months, it could finally be time for the Bulls to make their intentions clear. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls are inevitably going to use the amnesty to rid themselves of Boozer and the one year left on his hefty contract.
“Despite general manager Gar Forman insisting that a decision to seek amnesty on the last season of Boozer’s contract ‘doesn’t have to be made until July,’ sources indicated at the end of the Bulls season that a decision already has been made and that Boozer wouldn’t be returning.”
By using the amnesty clause on Boozer, the Bulls would be saving themselves $16.8 million in cap space for the 2014-15 season. Especially considering they’ll need as much flexibility as possible to pursue some of the top free agents available this offseason, the Bulls should have no trouble seeing the upside in bidding farewell to Boozer.
The Bulls already have a solid power forward option in Taj Gibson, so there’s no concern over leaving a hole in the starting lineup. Even if there was some concern, it’s not as if Boozer played up to his pay last season. Chicago will be better off with Gibson as the starter and spending one of their draft picks to secure some depth at the position.
No matter what happens in the next month leading up to free agency, the Bulls will be using the amnesty clause on Boozer. It’s time for them to dump his gaudy contract and look towards a brighter future.