With the Bulls' season now in the books following Tuesday's series-ending loss to the Washington Wizards, the team must figure out how to reload for next year, particularly with the much-anticipated re-return of Derrick Rose.
One of the questions heading into this summer is what to do with forward Carlos Boozer.
Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the front office will do everything possible to trade the 32-year-old two-time All-Star rather than go the route of using their amnesty provision on him. Virtually every move the team makes moving forward over the next few months will likely be heavily influenced by how it could affect Chicago's positioning to snag All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks. Chicago has long been rumored to be interested in last year's league leader in points per game in an effort to give a defensive-minded Bulls squad a much-needed scoring boost and ease the pressure on Rose.
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is "adamantly" against using the amnesty provision on Boozer and, according to Stein, Reinsdorf would much prefer to trade him as he enters the final year of his contract, which is valued at $16.8 million for next season.
The window to use the lone amnesty provision is July 10-16, leaving the Bulls with roughly two months to figure out a possible trade involving Boozer.JENKINS: Clippers show strength, unity, emotion in Game 5 win over Warriors