The Los Angeles Lakers have won the claim on free agent F Carlos Boozer, who was amnestied last week by the Chicago Bulls.
League source says the Los Angeles Lakers have submitted the winning claim for free agent F Carlos Boozer, amnestied by Chicago.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 17, 2014
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.
ESPN sources say that Lakers won Carlos Boozer auction with a high bid of $3.25 million
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
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.