The Bulls are open to making a trade before the draft, notably a deal including Luol Deng, according to a league source.
With roughly $56 million committed to Deng, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah, Chicago is likely looking to clear cap space because of luxury-tax concerns.
Toronto and Golden State have been mentioned as possible trade partners.
The Magic would be willing to trade Dwight Howard to Chicago in exchange for Omer Asik, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and a valuable first-round pick from Charlotte, according to a report.
Dwight Howard, Carlos Boozer
Chicago will not move forward with the trade scenario without assurances that Howard will sign a long-term deal with the Bulls, which he has given no indication he will do.
Add Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer to the list of NBA players looking to play overseas in light of the current NBA lockout.
Boozer told ESPN The Magazine on Wednesday that he will pursue signing with a foreign team if the season doesn’t start on time.
“I think as players we have to look at this lockout as an unfortunate challenge, but one that can create other unique and positive opportunities,” he said. “When I was part of Team USA that won Olympic Gold in Beijing, that experience changed my life in incredible ways.
Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer
Heat forward Chris Bosh denied he felt “disrespected” by a remark by Chicago’s Carlos Boozer. But Bosh sure played as if he had something to prove.
Bosh was one of the few bright spots for the Heat in its 103-82 loss Sunday night to Chicago at the United Center in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. He scored a game-high 30 points while grabbing nine rebounds.
TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager had said on the air that Bosh was fired up by a comment by Boozer after the Bulls beat Atlanta last Thursday to earn the right to face the Heat. Boozer had said the Heat has two great players in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade while leaving out Bosh.
“So I asked Bosh [about that],” Sager said in an interview after the game. “He said, ‘I feel disrespected.’”
Sager said his conversation with Bosh was not on camera and “off the cuff.” Bosh denied saying that to Sager.
“I didn’t say that, no,” Bosh said.
“If you don’t see a quote or hear it coming from me, I didn’t say it.”
Carlos Boozer is tired of talking about his turf toe, but the pain isn’t going to subside any time soon.
Boozer revealed that ligaments on both sides of his right bigtoe were torn as a result of the injury suffered in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pacers.
“It’s not broken,” Boozer told the Tribune. “Thank God all the bones are good.”
There are three levels of turf toe: Grade I, which involves stretched ligaments; Grade II, which is a partially torn ligament; and Grade III, a complete tear of the ligaments and joint capsule, with a possible dislocation. Boozer wouldn’t say exactly which grade his was, but he did his best to explain the pain.
“The doctors said on the scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the worst; it was a 3,” Boozer said.
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Carlos Boozer suffered turf toe on his right foot that he said he heard pop and contributed to him sitting for the final 18 minutes, 17 seconds of the Bulls’ Game 5 win over the Pacers.
“We’ll just see how it goes every day, try to get the pain out of it,” Boozer said. “I’m in a great deal of pain. But I got until the next round starts.
“I told (coach Tom Thibodeau) if he needed me I’d be out there and try to gut it out. He said, ‘If I need you, I’ll put you in. If not, we’ll just try to get it better.’”
A roller-coaster season is swinging ever lower in Salt Lake. The Jazz’s dramatic midseason collapse has left casualties. Gone are two once-untouchable coaches and an Olympic talent that was traded away.
The fall started suddenly, picked up speed and has changed the face of the organization. It is also on the verge of becoming historic.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in NBA history has ever started a season 15-5 and not made the playoffs. In addition, no squad during the 64-year timeline of the league has reached 27-13 and not qualified for the postseason. The Jazz stand on the precipice of both. Utah’s elimination number has dwindled down to one with seven regular-season contests to go.
The Bulls kept Carlos Boozer on the bench for the final 14 minutes of their loss to the Nets on Wednesday night.
“You got to talk to Thibs about that,” Boozer said after the game when asked about the benching.
Tom Thibodeau said that Boozer’s absence in the final quarter had a lot to do with matchups.
“The big thing was we were behind big and they were zoning,” Thibodeau said. “And so the group that went in, playing Luol [Deng] at the 4, gave us another perimeter player. So it was more effective for us against the zone. So that’s why we did it. And when that group cut the lead down and now we were in position, they tied the game up so we just were going to finish with the group that was going well.”