Lakers win highest bid for Carlos Boozer

Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer, right, goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Ryan Kelly (4), during the second quarter of an NBA bask

Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer, right, goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Ryan Kelly (4), during the second quarter of an NBA bask

The Lakers submitted the winning bid to pick up former Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Bulls waived Boozer this week through the so-called amnesty provision, which requires the team to still owe his $16.8 million left on his remaining contract albeit without the money costing against the team’s salary cap. The Lakers’ bid price, which has not been reported at this time, offsets the balance that the Bulls still owe the 12-year NBA veteran.

Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds through 76 appearances with the Bulls, but he faced reduced playing time amid concerns about his defense. The Lakers currently have nine players under contract, including Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, Jeremy Lin, Julius Randle, Nick Young, Ed Davis, Jordan Hill and Boozer. The Lakers also have non-guaranteed deals to Kendall Marshall and Jordan Clarkson, both of whom are expected to stay on the roster.

This move appears appealing for the Lakers both because of Boozer’s potential and his expiring contract. The NBA’s current labor deal prohibits players picked up through an amnesty claim, such as Boozer, to be traded at any point during the season.

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  • Tina Nguyen

    So basically they traded Gasol for Boozer? In 2 days they pickup 2 reject PF’S,
    that will hinder the progress of Randle, and add to an all non defensive team
    with nash, swaggy p, lin, and now boozer. No D in the names no D in their
    games. No D in Lakers neither, LMFAO. At least let him pass waivers yeesh, I rather go to Rub Maps than all this

  • Jon K

    It could be worse.

  • gene2459 .

    Why is Nash still on the roster?

  • socalpvguy

    I have always like the Booz.. hope he is not too far over the hill to help the Lakes….