After six seasons with the Utah Jazz, Carlos Boozer has agreed to sign a five-year, $80 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, according to Yahoo Sports.
Boozer was a notable free agent floating around this summer, holding meetings with the Jazz, Heat, Knicks and Nets before signing with the Bulls Wednesday afternoon.
Chicago took fast action on Boozer after free agent Dwyane Wade agreed to stay with the Heat on Wednesday morning. It was heavily speculated earlier in the week that Wade was looking to play in Chicago, because he had family issues to settle there, but in the end, the guard made the decision to stay in South Beach.
Boozer?s announcement is the latest in a string of free agents signing in the NBA summer spectacle. He follows in the footsteps of Wade and Chris Bosh, who signed in Miami on Wednesday morning, and Amare Stoudemire (Knicks) and Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) who settled their respective agreements on Monday. All free-agency signings are seen as opening acts to "The Decision," as LeBron James will publicly announce Thursday evening where he will be playing next season.
By signing Boozer, Chicago leaves little room to sign LeBron to a maximum contract, and will require some tricky financial movement if they still want to land the King.
Boozer averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season with the Jazz.