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Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) — The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he’s been amnestied.

Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won’t count against the Bulls salary cap.

With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.

Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.

The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) — The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he’s been amnestied.

Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won’t count against the Bulls salary cap.

With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.

Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.

The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Even though the Philadelphia Phillies have seen better days, long-time second baseman Chase Utley will not seek a trade from the only team he’s ever suited up for.

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” he said Monday. “I’ve picked some brains over the course of the last few years. I really enjoy Philadelphia. I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of Philly fans.”

“There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and you want to do that, and I would like to do that in Philadelphia,” he continued.

Entering the All-Star break, the Phillies are 42-53, which is last in the NL East.

Meanwhile, Utley is in his twelfth season with the Phillies, and is owed $15 million next season as part of a deal that contains options for $15 million in each of three additional years that could become guaranteed if he has 500 plate appearances in the previous season and doesn’t finish the season hurt.

During his career, Utley has hit 225 home runs, driven in 854 runs, has batted .288, and won a World Series with the team in 2008.

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Phillies’ Chase Utley Has No Desire to Be Traded

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Even though the Philadelphia Phillies have seen better days, long-time second baseman Chase Utley will not seek a trade from the only team he’s ever suited up for.

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side,” he said Monday. “I’ve picked some brains over the course of the last few years. I really enjoy Philadelphia. I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of Philly fans.”

“There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and you want to do that, and I would like to do that in Philadelphia,” he continued.

Entering the All-Star break, the Phillies are 42-53, which is last in the NL East.

Meanwhile, Utley is in his twelfth season with the Phillies, and is owed $15 million next season as part of a deal that contains options for $15 million in each of three additional years that could become guaranteed if he has 500 plate appearances in the previous season and doesn’t finish the season hurt.

During his career, Utley has hit 225 home runs, driven in 854 runs, has batted .288, and won a World Series with the team in 2008.

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ESPN: Mike Miller Joins James in Cleveland

NBA via Miami Heat (NEW YORK) — Free agent forward Mike Miller is joining former teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

The 34-year-old Miller agreed on two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday which includes a player option for the second season, according to ESPN.com.

Miller played for Memphis last season after playing the previous three seasons in Miami with James.
“Thanks to Memphis for a great year!! But I’m so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans,” Miller posted on Instagram. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity.”

ESPN also reports that James aggressively recruited Miller, a career 41 percent 3-point shooter.

Miller, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, has played 14 NBA seasons. During that time he has averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.

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ESPN: Cowboys Will Release QB Kyle Orton

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Cowboys will release backup quarterback Kyle Orton, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Releasing Orton saves the Cowboys $3.25 million this season.

The 31-year-old Orton had considered retiring after the 2013 season and has already been fined $70,000 for missing all of the team’s minicamp workouts.

Orton played in three and started one game for Dallas last year. During his eight season NFL career, Orton has compiled a 35-35 record while passing for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns, and 59 interceptions.

This offseason, the Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Brandon Weeden as an insurance policy in case Orton chose to retire. Weeden will now compete with Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan for the backup job.

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Predators Sign Ribeiro to 1-Year Deal

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Nashville Predators signed free agent center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday.

“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute.”

The 34-year-old Ribeiro played in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season, racking up 16 goals and 37 points. After the season, the Coyotes bought out the remaining three years of Ribeiro’s contract for what Phoenix general manager Don Maloney called “behavioral issues.”

Ribeiro is a 14 season NHL veteran. During that time he has played in 865 games, producing 202 goals and 656 points.

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AL Wins in Jeter’s Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.

Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout’s triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song “New York, New York” played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game’s MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.

The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.

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Miami Heat Re-Sign Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat/NBA(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat resigned guard Dwyane Wade, the team announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different. I am ecstatic to have him back in the fold and I am confident that Dwyane, as always, will be leading this team as we look to contend for NBA Championships.”

Miami originally selected Wade out of Marquette with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. In 11 seasons with the Heat, Wade has averaged 24.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game. The 10-time All-Star has won three NBA championships during his tenure.

The Heat also announced on Tuesday the signing of free agent forward Luol Deng.

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