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Report: Bulls have told Carlos Boozer to brace for amnesty


The Bulls have already decided to amnesty Carlos Boozer, Joe Cowley of the Chicago-Sun Times implied. The article technically does not say Chicago will amnesty Boozer, but it dances around that conclusion. I can’t tell whether that’s intentional vagueness or clumsy writing.

Thankfully, a more credible reporter provides clarity.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Beyond Windhorst’s report, the Bulls already being determined to amnestying Boozer just doesn’t make any sense.

The amnesty window isn’t until July 10-16, and Boozer could be valuable in a trade – especially for Carmelo Anthony. Large expiring contracts, like Boozer’s, often facilitate deals.

If that falls through, he might be amnestied. That would open the door for Chicago to sign someone like Pau Gasol.

There are many options still on the table, including amnestying Boozer. But the Bulls’ pursuit of Gasol when Melo is still their top target shows even they don’t know what will present itself.

It would be foolish to decide now to amnesty Boozer.

That’s also a classy move by the Bulls to keep Boozer in the loop. It’s not necessary, but there’s no good reason not to extend him that courtesy.

I see little chance Boozer returns to Chicago next season (though I definitely wouldn’t rule it out). Most likely, Phil Jackson comes around and accepts Boozer in a Melo sign-and-trade or the Bulls amnesty Boozer. Another trade option could emerge, too.

The Bulls amnestying Boozer could very well happen, but it’s too early to call it a forgone conclusion.

Kobe Bryant says his age 37 is not like Michael Jordan’s age 37

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Once again, Kobe Bryant‘s career arc is being compared to Michael Jordan’s.

There’s a lot of reason’s that’s flawed — starting with Kobe being drafted on to a Lakers team that had Shaquille O’Neal and was already considered NBA elite, as opposed to Jordan working to build a franchise up. That said, Kobe has invited the Jordan comparison at times and it has been a constant through is career. Fair or not.

Kobe is coming back this fall after seasons of injury to the NBA and those comparisons continue — now to the Wizards’ version of Jordan. And Kobe is not at all fond of that, as he told Sam Amick of the USA Today.

“This is uncharted territory,” he said. “My 37 (years old) isn’t MJ’s 37 (when he returned after taking two seasons off to play for the Washington Wizards), you know what I mean? Nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in. It’s much, much different. There’s really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It’s uncharted territory.”

Kobe is right. Jordan had four+ seasons off by the time he was 37 and was not coming off multiple major surgeries.

Kobe is entering his 20th NBA season and what any real basketball fan should wish for him is health. Let him play one full season (with limited minutes and nights off), let him get to the final game of this season next April and make his own decision on his future. Let him leave the game on his own terms.

That said, if Kobe can average Jordan’s numbers at that age — 22.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game — it will be a major accomplishment, and the Lakers will have a better record than many of us expect.

And Kobe may want to play a 21st season as well.

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.