The Miami Heat have done a terrific job picking up players who get cut or amnestied by their former teams, developing them, introduce the Miami Heat mentality and culture to them and make them valuable members of the team. We’ve seen that already with players like Rashard Lewis and Michael Beasley, while the Heat also have Greg Oden in the oven. Now, the latest rumors around the defending champs state that they are interested in bringing in Chicago Bulls star forward Carlos Boozer.
The truth is that when Chicago decided to trade away Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers while at the same time acquiring Andrew Bynum and dumping around $20 million is salary, they pulled the trigger for a drastic rebuild. This process has started and there is no way back. Even if they don’t want to admit it, the Bulls are and will be rebuilding their roster around Derrick Rose.
Now, is this a smart move and will Rose be a player the Bulls will be able to build around? That’s a totally different story. The fact is that the team wants to shake up its roster. That’s why there are big chances we see Carlos Boozer heading towards the exit this summer. Lots of reports state that the Bulls are considering amnestying him.
The 32-year old power forward is in the books for $15.3 million this season and another $16.8 million for the 2014-2015 season. This salary certainly doesn’t match the production the Bulls expected and continue to expect out of him.
Of course, Boozer is one of the best players of the team at the moment, especially after Deng was traded away and since Derrick Rose won’t wear the Bulls uniform this season. He is averaging 14.9 points per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.
Despite his solid numbers, Boozer is not at all a clutch player. When it matters the most, during close games or during the playoffs, the veteran forwards fails to deliver, he can’t take the team on his shoulders. That’s an aspect of his game the Miami Heat won’t like at all.
Another factor in a potential Boozer move to Miami would be the fact that he is a fan of big contracts and fat salaries. The entire mentality of the Miami Heat team is based on sacrificing money so that all those great players can play together. It will just be weird to see Pat Riley actively pursuing Boozer in an effort to land him in Miami.
On the other hand, Boozer would certainly be a terrific addition for the Miami Heat. Erik Spoelstra’s team certainly needs some bulk inside. With Boozer onboard and assuming the Heat retain their current core, they would form a Boozer-Bosh duo inside, which would certainly be more forceful than the ones the Heat are lining up now.
For now, Carlos Boozer seems more like a longshot for the Miami Heat rather than a realistic target.