Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer looks to shoot in the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Bulls defeated the Wolves 102-87. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Win Claim On Carlos Boozer

The Los Angeles Lakers have won the claim on free agent F Carlos Boozer, who was amnestied last week by the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers obviously have a need for players at this point, especially in the front court with the loss of Pau Gasol. In some ways this looks like the Lakers traded Pau to the Bulls for Boozer, except the Bulls will be paying 100% of Boozer’s previous contract.

The process for acquiring an amnestied player includes teams around the league submitting blind bids for the player. Only teams under the salary cap are eligible to bid on the services of an amnestied player. The winning bid for Boozer was $3.25M, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Lakers are now spending a combined $4.25M on Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis, while paying Jordan Hill $9M per season for the next two years.

Boozer had one of the worst years of his career last season. For the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose, Boozer averged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Boozer certainly makes the Lakers a more competitive team this season, whether that is the smart move or not is to be seen. For his career, Boozer is averaging 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. 

Boozer is 6’9, 260 lbs and is a 2x time All-Star (2007-2008), as well as a member of the 2008 US Men’s Basketball Team that won Gold at the Beijing Olympics, where he was teammates with Kobe Bryant

Boozer will turn 33 in November.   

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