Carlos Boozer has been the biggest scapegoat on the Bulls for the past two seasons. Fans got the treat of seeing Booz immediately injure himself in training camp by "tripping over a bag", beat up almost exclusively on lousy teams, and then completely disappear when we needed him in the playoffs.
I don't know that I led the Boozer boo bird bandwagon, but I've been riding it for quite some time. That said, can Chicago really amnesty Boozer next year? Heck no.
If the Bulls waive Rip Hamilton and amnesty Carlos Boozer, they'll still have 57+ million in guaranteed salary to guys already on the roster. That's enough money that they will only have the MLE to work with. Chicago basically would need to choose between one of these two situations:
Boozer + MMLE + no sign and trade ability + most likely paying luxury tax
MLE + sign and trade ability (likely to go unused) + not paying luxury tax
Look, I'm not the biggest Boozer fan, but so far, he's been better than Taj Gibson this season and by dumping him we only gain the ability to sign a scrub for five million instead of three million and the ability to perform a sign and trade for which there are likely no viable candidates?
The Bulls effectively have a two man front court rotation if they lose Boozer with only Taj + Noah + whomever they can get for the MLE. Tell me which MLE candidate is going to be better than Boozer next season. You'll quickly find that this person doesn't exist.
If the Bulls could amnesty Boozer and then use that 15 million dollars on another player than it would make perfect sense to retool as Boozer's providing no where near 15 million in terms of on court value. However, that's not the situation. The Bulls effectively gain two million in cap room by amnestying Boozer, and say what you will, he's worth radically more than that on the court.
If the Bulls are going to make a free agency play by clearing out money it will be in 2014 when they can get max contract room under the cap and chase Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh all over again while likely ending up re-signing Luol Deng.
For better or worse, we might as well gear up for two more years of "GIMMIE DAT SHIT JO!", head bobs, unnecessary screams, slow reactions on help defense, and confused stares at the refs when whistled for an offensive foul after barreling into players who were set for three seconds before he got there.
We'll also likely get 16 points and 10 boards per 36 minutes, someone who can set a real screen, pass the ball well, and attract defenders as a legitimate offensive threat. Boozer isn't the player we wish he was, but he's vastly better than the player who could replace him after amnesty.