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Report: Bulls are at least moving towards amnestying Carlos Boozer

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Carlos Boozer may not be long for the Bulls.  (USATSI)
Carlos Boozer may not be long for the Bulls. (USATSI)

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Conflicting reports surfaced Wednesday night suggesting the Chicago Bulls are at least heavily considering (again) the possibility of using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer.

First the Chicago Sun-Times reported:

Officially, the Bulls still have several weeks to decide if they want to invoke the amnesty provision for Carlos Boozer.

But they don't need it.

A source said Wednesday that Boozer's departure is a “done deal,” adding that Boozer's camp already has been informed.

There haven't been any takers on a sign-and-trade for Boozer, and the Bulls also want the money to go in a different direction, whether Carmelo Anthony is in the mix or not.

via Carlos Boozer's time with Bulls all but over - Chicago Sun-Times.

Then ESPN weighed in:

The Bulls would have to move Boozer's salary (and more) to make room for a max offer to unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony, who met with the Bulls on Tuesday. The Bulls have been linked to reports about the possibility of amnestying Boozer for months, since Derrick Rose re-injured his knee by tearing his meniscus last winter.

There would appear to be, on the surface, a complete void of options for a potential sign-and-trade, despite Boozer still being somewhat effective, particularly offensively. He has no injury history, he plays hard, and is a professional. Andrea Bargnani got traded for God's sake.

Regardless, there seems to be momentum headed towards the Bulls making the move. The question is whether that's indicative of the Bulls' confidence in an offer to Carmelo Anthony or simply where the team is going and if so, how they'll decide to use the cap space afforded.

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