Carlos Boozer to be amnestied by Bulls

Carlos BoozerThe Chicago Bulls plan to waive Carlos Boozer via the amnesty provision, according to a report.

The Bulls first tried to shop Boozer to see if they could find any takers in a potential sign-and-trade deal, but they were unsuccessful, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Sun-Times says the team informed Boozer’s camp that they have plans to release him.

The Bulls have been one of the most active teams in free agency. They were the first ones to host Carmelo Anthony, and they also are in the mix for Pau Gasol.

The Sun-Times says the Bulls have checked on Lance Stephenson and that they are interested in Trevor Ariza in case they are unable to sign ‘Melo, who reportedly is still likely to return to the Knicks.

Boozer will still be paid the $16.8 million he is owed next season, but it will not count against the Bulls’ salary cap.

Report: Carlos Boozer and wife Cindy getting divorced a second time

Carlos-Boozer-wife-CindyAnyone who has been through a divorce will tell you how difficult it can be. Anyone who has been through two divorces will likely tell you it is even harder. And anyone who has divorced the same woman twice will tell you — well, there probably aren’t many of those people out there. Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is one of them.

According to TMZ, Boozer filed for divorce from his wife Cindy last week claiming that their marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Filing for divorce is certainly very common in America, but this is the second time Carlos and Cindy will be legally splitting in the last four years.

Boozer and his wife were married for eight years before they got a divorce in 2010. As TMZ noted, the divorce came after allegations that Boozer had an affair with a contestant from “The Bachelor” in 2009. Carlos and Cindy, who have three children together, worked through their differences and remarried in March of 2012.

They have apparently hit another major snag, and Boozer is asking for “frequent and liberal timesharing” with the couple’s children. Good thing Boozer has played in the NBA for over a decade, because I can only imagine the costs that are associated with marrying and divorcing the same woman twice.

H/T SI Hot Clicks
Photo: Twitter/Carlos Boozer

Report: Bulls looking to trade Luol Deng, will amnesty Carlos Boozer

Luol Deng Carlos BoozerDerrick Rose may soon become one unhappy Chicago Bull.

Remember last month we told you that Rose was concerned that the Chicago Bulls might go through a rebuilding period? Well it sounds like that process is going to happen.

The New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence reported on Saturday that the Bulls are looking to trade Luol Deng and will likely amnesty Carlos Boozer.

[The Bulls will] definitely be looking to deal Luol Deng before the Feb. 20 trading deadline. Deng is a free agent this summer and the Bulls don’t want to pay him anything close to top dollar. The second part of their house-cleaning: They intend on using their amnesty move this coming summer to part ways with Carlos Boozer.

There have been numerous trade rumors concerning Deng, so this should not come as a surprise. Deng is a very fine player who has consistently put up strong shooting and rebounding numbers since entering the league in 2004, so we have little doubt they’ll be able to find a trade partner for him.

Boozer is set to earn $16.8 million next season, so it sounds like the Bulls just don’t feel like he’s worth paying the money to, either. Boozer has been dealing with a knee injury lately.

The Bulls’ plan to rebuild rather than pay big money to these veterans next season (or beyond) makes sense. Back-to-back knee injuries to Rose have completely changed their plan longterm. If they don’t know if Rose will play like an MVP — or be able to play at all — why keep an expensive surrounding cast around him when they can acquire other assets instead?

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Carlos Boozer nails referee Danny Crawford with celebratory fist pump (Video)

Carlos Boozer Danny CrawfordCarlos Boozer’s fist and referee Danny Crawford’s manly region collided Saturday to produce a video clip for the ages.

Boozer was working on Dirk Nowitzki in the paint and spun toward the baseline to attempt a shot during the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls-Dallas Mavericks game. Boozer made the shot despite being fouled by Dirk, and he was so stoked about making the and-1 that he gave a huge fist pump. The only problem is his fist went straight into Crawford’s manly region/leg area, leaving the referee stunned.

Boozer finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 celebration fail in the game. The Bulls actually lost to the Mavericks 100-98, leaving Dallas only one game below .500.

LeBron James called for controversial flagrant foul on Carlos Boozer (Video)

LeBron James was called for a flagrant foul Wednesday during the Miami Heat’s 101-97 streak-ending loss to the Chicago Bulls after putting a shoulder and elbow into Carlos Boozer, who was setting a screen on him late in the game.

James’ forceful shoulder into Boozer seemed to be retaliation for getting hit in the head on his team’s previous possession. He was called for a flagrant-1 foul, and Boozer made one of two free throws to put increase the Bulls’ lead to 92-85.

Miami scored on two straight possessions to cut the deficit to five, but an offensive rebound and putback by Carlos Boozer with 57 seconds left made it a three possession game again. Chicago held on for the 101-97 win to end Miami’s 27-game winning streak, which is the second-longest in NBA history.

After the game, James addressed his flagrant foul on Boozer, saying there were many more non-basketball fouls committed by the Bulls against him that were not called flagrants.

“First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground. And the last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around the shoulder and bring me to the ground. Those are not basketball plays.”

Chicago may have won the game anyway, but they seemed to benefit from the officials on their side.

Video via Beyond the Buzzer

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Carlos Boozer indicates regular season is more important than postseason

I really really hope Carlos Boozer was just misquoted here. ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell asked the Bulls forward to assess his second season with the team when he offered up this mind-boggling quote:

“I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was. We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.”

Well that, and a little matter about playing well in the postseason and winning NBA titles. Rings are overrated anyhow. Good thing we have Carlos Boozer to confirm it. Apparently misplaced priorities runs in the family. Maybe all that spray paint has messed with Booz’s brain.

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Carlos Boozer chucks a horrible pass into the second row (Video)

Carlos Boozer threw such a bad pass on Sunday it was comical. The Bulls forward was looking for Kyle Korver during the second quarter of Game 4 against the Sixers, but his ball ended up in the stands. The brutal pass was termed “as bad a pass as you will see by a pro,” by announcer Mike Tirico. We really can’t disagree. That was like watching an infielder sail a throw to first and seeing it land in the stands up the first base line.

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