Here’s the skinny: “Carlos Boozer is the latest domino to fall in NBA free agency, agreeing to a five-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher on Wednesday. Various sources told ESPN.com that the contract will be for between $75 million and $80 million.”
It’s a good move for the Bulls. A very good move. The team has needed an inside scoring threat for years — last season they just needed a scoring threat period — and Boozer fills that need. In my opinion, Boozer was the second-best big man available after Chris Bosh. He’s a proven 20-10 guy with a career FGP of 54 percent and a career PER of 20.8.
So yeah, Boozer is a pretty good basketball player.
What’s more, Boozer’s deal should leave the Bulls with enough cap space to take on a max contract…if, you know, LeBron James decides he’d like to win a few titles in Chicago.
I’m not holding my breath though.
The Bulls certainly could have done a lot worse than landing Boozer. Heck, they could have ended up with none of the big name free agents. But I can’t shake the feeling that the Bulls are coming up a little short. They definitely got better today, and they’re probably going to be a pretty good team next season…assuming they can figure out what to do about their glaring lack of a SG and and three-point shooters.
Yes, they’ll be good. But I can’t shake the feeling they could have been great.