Chicago Bulls rumors concerning a Carlos Boozer amnesty deal have taken center stage in the biggest NBA free agency season ever. After Lebron James made his announcement that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 11th, the NBA dominoes began to fall into place. It wasn’t long before it became clear that Carmelo Anthony would return to New York, leaving Chicago Bulls rumors to focus on Pau Gasol.
With Chris Bosh announcing that he would return to the Miami Heat, Pau Gasol took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that he would be signing with the Chicago Bulls.
It hasn’t been easy. After meditating it a lot I’ve chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 12, 2014
Of course, the Chicago Bulls already have a power forward in Carlos Boozer, who is due to make $16 million next season. There has long been rumors in Chicago that Boozer would be a victim of the amnesty clause enacted in the last collective bargaining agreement. By using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, the Chicago Bulls free up enough cap space to sign Pau Gasol and possibly one other major free agent. Dwyane Wade could be that extra man.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Chicago Bulls rumors suggest that the team is heavily interested in Dwyane Wade. Wade is a Chicago native and the empire he helped build in Miami is crumbling. Even after the team signs Chris Bosh, there are not many pieces left in place. Due to his injuries, Dwyane Wade is not an everyday player in the NBA anymore and Miami will most likely not be the best situation for him to finish his career well.
At 32, Wade is the oldest of the former big three in Miami and, even if the Heat are able to sign Luol Deng, the team does not have much left in the tank. The Chicago Bulls will have a new big three of their own with Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah. Adding Dwyane Wade will give the Bulls a veteran player who can develop their younger players and complement Derrick Rose very well. If the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer and can sign Wade to a two or three year deal, they become deep and set themselves up to be one of the better teams in the Eastern conference.
If the Chicago Bulls rumors of a Carlos Boozer amnesty are true, then do not be surprised to see Dwyane Wade in a different red and black jersey next season.
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