Report: Bulls to trade Deng, amnesty Boozer

Dec 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) drives past Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

For most of the year, we have debated whether or not the Chicago Bulls should blow up their roster. According to the New York Daily News, it appears that we finally have our answer.

[NYDN]

The Bulls’ game-plan for the immediate future is coming into focus. League sources with knowledge of Chicago’s plans say that they’ll 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. Boozer is scheduled to make $16.8 million next season. As we reported earlier, Derrick Rose has caught wind of the plans and is none too thrilled about being part of a rebuilding project. Tom Thibodeau won’t be very happy with it, either.

It makes sense. However, why would the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer now? They could try and trade him, but I suppose that won’t be popular around the league.

Trading Deng would be the popular thing to do and with the recent rumors swirling around him, it sounds like that is going to happen sooner rather than later.

But after that, what happens? Derrick Rose is going to return next year to a much different team. Should be interesting.

Last thing, can I be there when the Bulls tell Tom Thibodeau their plans if they haven’t yet?

 

 

Topics: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng, NBA, NBA Rumors

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