Long before the 2013-14 NBA season ended, there’s been so much talk involving where New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will land. But with Anthony narrowing down his choices — with the Chicago Bulls at the top of his list — the sign-and-trade rumors can now begin.
However, any sign-and-trade rumor involving the Knicks and Bulls probably won’t include Carlos Boozer. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune recently reported on Twitter that the Knicks are not even remotely interested in taking back Boozer’s expiring contract worth $16 million.
The Knicks, who will undoubtably be in full rebuild mode when they lose Anthony, could benefit greatly by adding Boozer’s large expiring deal. However, with Amare Stoudemire already in the mix in New York, it’s understandable why the Knicks don’t want Boozer, even if his contract is expiring. Boozer’s better days are clearly behind him. He is no longer a dominating force in the paint, and his primary offensive production comes from an inconsistent 15-foot jump. On top of that, he is no longer capable of getting rebounds at a high volume and has never been a great defender.
Plus, teams normally don’t trade for expiring contracts during the summer. Those trades usually occur sometime around the trade deadline in February when general managers are desperate to clear cap heading into the offseason. And with it well known around the league that the Bulls want to amnesty Boozer, teams are better off waiting for him to get cut loose by Chicago if they really want him.
Essentially, Boozer will have to flat out be amnestied by the Bulls if Anthony does come to the Windy City. Any deal to the Knicks will more than likely have to involve Mike Dunleavy and trade fillers, which include the contracts of Ronnie Brewer, Mike James and Lou Amundson.
The Bulls don’t need Boozer and apparently neither do the Knicks. In the end, it will be a long summer for Boozer, but don’t expect to see him suit up for New York or Chicago when the 2014-15 season begins.