The Los Angeles Lakers acquired veteran forward Carlos Boozer a day after he was amnestied by the Chicago Bulls.
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired veteran power forward Carlos Boozer.
The Lakers earned the rights to Boozer after submitting the winning blind bid to the NBA office on Wednesday, per The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:
"The Lakers added another big man Thursday, winning a bid for former Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.
"Boozer, 32, was waived by the Bulls on Tuesday via the amnesty provision It was unclear what the Lakers paid for him in a blind bid submitted to the NBA office, but it will help offset the $16.8 million the Bulls owed him.
"Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season for Chicago. He lost playing time to up-and-coming power forward Taj Gibson late in the season.
"The Lakers did not have much salary-cap space and presumably offered about $3 million for Boozer, who has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds.
"The Lakers now have five big men on their roster: Boozer, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, rookie Julius Randle and Ed Davis, who they agreed to terms with Wednesday on a two-year, $2 million contract.
"They also hope to add Ryan Kelly to complete their big-man rotation.
"It was not immediately known how many other teams put in bids for Boozer. Under NBA rules, bids may be submitted for an amnestied player only by teams that are under the salary cap."
ESPN's Brian Windhorst says the blind bid for Boozer was worth $3.25 million:
"The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Carlos Boozer on amnesty waivers, sources told ESPN.com.
"Boozer was released by the Chicago Bulls earlier this week, and teams with cap space could make a bid on a portion of his $16.8 million contract.
"The Lakers won the Boozer auction with a blind bid of $3.25 million, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
"That means Chicago must pay the remaining $13.6 million that Boozer is owed in 2014-15 on the final year of his current contract. Releasing Boozer via the amnesty clause removes that $13.6 million from Chicago's books for salary-cap and and luxury-tax purposes, but the Bulls still must pay him the money he's owed.
"Boozer averaged 13.7 points and and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulls last season.
"Only nine teams in the league had sufficient salary-cap space to bid for Boozer: Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Utah and the Lakers.
"After a rough start to free agency, Los Angeles now has secured relative bargain deals with Memphis Grizzlies free-agent forward Ed Davis and Boozer to upgrade its frontcourt cast."
NBA.com's Steve Aschburner describes how Boozer slowly fell out of favor with the Bulls in 2013-14:
"On the floor, Boozer's production last season (17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists per 36 minutes) dropped off modestly from his career numbers (18.8, 11.0, 2.6 per 36). His decline was most noticeable in shooting -- he's a career .523 shooter who fell to .456 in 2013-14 -- and in a player-efficiency rating (14.4) that was the worst of his career.
"His minutes were down as well (from 32.2 as recently as 2012-13 to 28.2) largely due to his defense; Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau preferred to have Boozer sitting on the bench near him in many fourth quarters last season.
"Still, Boozer was a decent offensive option with his high-arcing jump shots and slick work from both sides of the rim. And he was durable, no small asset on a Chicago team beset again with injuries."
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