Time is starting to run out for Carlos Boozer in the Windy City, or has it already run out? There are trade rumors circulating around the league involving the ex-Duke forward, but for now it appears Boozer will stay on in Chicago.
Boozer hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations for the Bulls. He had been a force of nature for the Utah Jazz, averaging a double-double for four straight seasons from 2006 to 2010.
He was solid in his first season in Chicago, averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds, but his numbers went down again last season.
Boozer averaged 15.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG in 29.5 minutes per game, the lowest amount of playing time he’s logged since his rookie season in 2002. The Bulls gave plenty of court time to Taj Gibson, a much better defender, and Boozer’s PT suffered because of it.
That’s why the Bulls wouldn’t mind shopping Boozer and his sizable contract.
The Brooklyn Nets have been rumored as a possible destination and would love to add another scorer to their frontcourt. As of now, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez are the starters at power forward and center, but Humphries has yet to show he can be a consistently effective starting big and Lopez is coming off one of his worst seasons ever.
Assuming Boozer sticks around, which seems all the more likely with the regular season fast approaching, the Bulls have to get more out of their investment. That’s even more true now with Derrick Rose shelved for at least another few months.
There are always rumors abound in the association, but moving Boozer at some point this season seems to be a legitimate possibility, especially if he fails to live up to the hype again.
For Chicago to be a viable selection in everyone’s NBA picks, they have to keep up with the times. If that means letting Boozer go, then so be it.