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IndianPacers forward David West (21) Roy Hibbert (55) pressure Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during first half an NBA

Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) and Roy Hibbert (55) pressure Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXA110

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The Bulls continued the business of rebuilding a roster, and it’s been known for some time that Carlos Boozer wouldn’t be part of it.

It became official Tuesday, when the Bulls announced they used the amnesty provision on the power forward.

“Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court and in the community during his time here in Chicago,” general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Boozer put out his own message on Twitter after the announcement: “Wanna Say Thank You To The Bulls Organization!!! Thank You For The Last Four Years!!!’’

Though they still have to pay Boozer, the Bulls took his $16.8 million off their salary cap. They can use that space toward Pau Gasol’s three-year, $22 million contract and Nikola Mirotic’s three-year, $17 million deal.

As for Boozer, teams with cap space can bid on him, with the highest bidder winning the claim. They will then set his salary for the 2014-15 season, and the Bulls will have to pay the difference between that number and the money they owe him.

The Sun-Times learned on July 2 that the Boozer camp was pushing for an answer on his future and was told by the team that with no trade interest, it would use the amnesty provision.

Boozer had fallen out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau, who basically played him in just the first and third quarters last season because of Taj Gibson’s emergence and Boozer’s shaky defense. Boozer averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds during his time with the Bulls

The Bulls also waived Lou Amundson, Ronnie Brewer and Mike James.

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