Lakers Land Carlos Boozer in Amnesty Auction
Despite failing to make any big moves during the 2014 NBA Free Agency period, the Los Angeles Lakers still found a way to get better this offseason. According to reports, the team won a blind auction for the rights to former Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer.
L.A. reportedly won Boozer’s right on a $3.25 million bid. Chicago will then have to pay Boozer the remaining $13.6 million of his expiring salary.
L.A. already had quite a few power forwards on the roster, but none with Boozer’s scoring prowess or experience. While Boozer doesn’t scream “elite competitor”, he does bring playoff experience to the table and is a solid addition to a team otherwise lacking talent.
Boozer was amnestied by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, which shed over $16 million from their salary cap. Boozer still gets his money, however, and after the Lakers put the highest bid for him in the blind auction, he also gets to play for his new team during the 2014-15 NBA season.
While many looked at Boozer as a problematic piece in Chicago for years, that was largely due to his heavy contract. With a temporary, cheaper deal in Los Angeles, Boozer can now be looked at as more of an asset for a team struggling to work it’s way back to a playoff contender.
As the current Lakers squad stands right now, they should be tentatively expected to roll into the upcoming season with a starting lineup consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill.
That lineup could change dramatically before the season tips off, as Jeremy Lin could still have something to say about the starting point guard job and rookie big man Julius Randle could also vie for Boozer or Hill’s spot. Of course, this is also the storied Lakers we’re talking about, so resting on just this current roster surely isn’t likely.
After all, Boozer makes just 11 rostered players, and the Lakers need 12 for active game days and will probably look to have 15 total (the max teams can carry).
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