Throughout history mankind has made a habit of attempting to do the impossible. Many times, Man has failed, but there have been other times when, despite all the odds against him, Man has succeeded.
We learned how to fly. We not only sent people into space, but we put them on the moon. We deep fried a Twinkie.
And now, for our latest attempt to tell the laws of physics and nature to fuck off, the Bulls will attempt to trade Carlos Boozer.
From Marc Stein at ESPN:
But here’s the thing: You continue to hear rumbles that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is adamantly against the idea of setting Boozer free via amnesty, even though the 32-year-old is finally poised to enter the final year of his contract, valued in 2014-15 at $16.8 million.
Sources briefed on Chicago’s thinking say the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option.
Bear in mind that Chicago essentially has until July 15 to craft a deal that finds a new home for Boozer after a season in which he lost much of his fourth-quarter run to Taj Gibson. The NBA’s amnesty window this summer runs through July 10-16.
I tell you, there’s nothing I enjoy reading more than “Jerry Reinsdorf is adamantly against the idea” of amnestying Boozer besides, oh, I don’t know, maybe a prostate exam. Or a prostate exam performed by a doctor with extremely long nails.
Now, I don’t blame the Bulls at all for trying to trade Boozer, as it makes the most sense financially. If you amnesty Boozer, even if he doesn’t count against the cap, you’re still paying him. I can certainly understand why Reinsdorf isn’t exactly thrilled about the notion of paying a guy nearly $17 million to play for somebody else. The problem is, who in their right mind is going to trade for Carlos Boozer right now?
Expiring deals aren’t nearly as valuable as they used to be in the NBA, and everybody knows that the Bulls are going to amnesty Boozer, or are at the very least, considering it. So why are you going to give up assets of your own to get a guy you might be able to sign for the minimum in July? Simply put, you aren’t.
At least, not unless the Bulls package at least one of their two first round draft picks with Boozer, and that’s not exactly an ideal scenario for the Bulls.
This is going to be a very interesting, and a very important summer for the Bulls. One that can end in a multitude of ways, and whether we want to believe it or not, one of those paths is one that ends with Carlos Boozer yelling “GET THAT, JO!” in a Bulls uniform next year.
So cross your fingers extra hard, kids, and hope the White Sox are in first place come July so Jerry’s in a good mood.
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