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Boozer Agrees to 5-Year, $80 Million Bulls Contract, ESPN Says

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July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Free-agent forward Carlos Boozer has agreed to a five-year contract with the Chicago Bulls, ESPN reported on its website.

The agreement is worth $80 million, the network said, citing an unidentified person close to the negotiations. National Basketball Association teams may not sign players or discuss possible contracts publicly until tomorrow.

Boozer, 28, averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season for the Utah Jazz. The eight-year NBA veteran, a two-time All-Star, has career averages of 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds.

The Bulls are among the NBA teams seeking to sign two-time league Most Valuable Player LeBron James, who will announce his decision tomorrow on a live 9 p.m. New York time broadcast on Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN.

The Bulls’ signing of Boozer, which adds him to a roster that also includes point guard Derrick Rose and forward Joakim Noah, does not preclude them from also adding James, though they’d have to do some “creative financing” to fit him under the salary cap, ESPN said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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