Sure it was only a formality. Sure we know it was coming, and sure Pau Gasol might look like Boozer 2.0 in another year. That said, Bulls fans can rejoice with the amnesty of Carlos Boozer.
Perhaps the media simply doesn't want to kick a guy when he's down. Perhaps Carlos Boozer was simply a nice guy in the locker room or always good for a quote. All I know for sure is that Carlos Boozer seems to be getting a pretty positive reception for what he did in a Bulls uniform over twitter.
I'm not going to do that to you.
Thank God this guy is gone. What can I say about Carlos Boozer? Well he's helped the team in the past three years more than Derrick Rose, so I suppose that's something. He played in games which is, ironically, something Bulls fans were fairly paranoid about before he got here.
He also had a respectable first two years here, and he was a good chunk of the reason the Bulls were so successful those two years. However, what we learned about Boozer is this. His offense, which is the only marginally good part of his game, is based entirely on how well other players can set him up.
He can't create his own shot. He's not a low post player. He disappears whenever you need him.
Boozer isn't alone in this criticism, anyone on the Bulls probably deserves it, but in the one playoff series that really mattered in 2010 against the Miami Heat, Boozer was a complete no-show.
Sam Smith writes that things wouldn't have gone any better for the Bulls if they signed Bosh or Lee instead of Boozer. Give the Bulls Chris Bosh, and they probably beat Miami in 2010 and have a pretty good shot at the NBA title given that they matched up better with Dallas defensively than the Heat.
Maybe, maybe not, we'll never know. However, a pretty good argument could be made that the Bulls have a seventh ring with Bosh, so I'm not going to let Carlos off that easily.
We've seen Boozer's horrible defense, steal rebounds from teammates, athletic decline, and lack of ability to create his own shot.
This is about all I can say for Carlos. He appeared to be a hard worker. He came into camp in shape every year. He didn't ever publicly grouse about his diminishing role (though it would have been awful if he did given how much Thibs defended him).
If Carlos Boozer made six million dollars and wasn't forced into a big money role then we'd probably have loved Carlos Boozer. Of course, he didn't make six million dollars and by the end was starting over a vastly superior player which hurt the Bulls considerably in the playoffs [not that anything was going to help them much there].
Carlos went from over paid niche offensive player his first two seasons to downright abomination in his last two. His scoring efficiency dropped to the point where the Bulls were much better on offense when he was off the court as well as defense. Suddenly he stopped making any moves to the basket and all of his shots became post up fadeaways or mid range jumpers.
He hit those shots at a respectable clip, but when you don't get any high efficiency shots hitting those at a respectable clip means your overall efficiency still stinks.
Now we wait to see what someone will bid on Boozer in the amnesty process. I'm not banking on a whole lot, but you never know. Relative to other contracts handed out this season, giving Boozer one year and five million dollars is probably a pretty good deal for a team under the cap with nothing to lose.
Low risk in years and money. However, history shows amnesty guys never go for much, and from a fan perspective, it doesn't really matter.
Bulls also waived all their non guaranteed contracts yesterday. They could not have traded Boozer or these contracts and brought back any salary. They needed to waive/amnesty everyone in order to make room for signings under the cap.
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