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Lakers “win” bidding process, get rights to Carlos Boozer

Jul 17, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston Reuters

Carlos Boozer is going to be a Los Angeles Laker next season — they won the bidding process for him.

Although Lakers’ fans are not going to use the word “won.” The words they will use cannot be published here, being a family-friendly blog and all.

When the Bulls amnestied Boozer (to open up cap space to sign former Laker and vastly superior player Pau Gasol) it opened up a blind bid process for Boozer — teams under the salary cap could put in a bid for his services and take on that part of his contract (the Lakers bid $3.25 million and they pay $3.25 million while the Bulls cover the remaining $13.6 million, it just doesn’t count against their cap). Highest bid wins, nobody knows what the other teams were bidding.

The Lakers won that, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and quickly confirmed by multiple other reporters.

That’s more than I’d have bid, but not wildly unreasonable.

The Lakers now have Boozer, rookie Julius Randle and another solid big in Ed Davis to play the four.

Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game last season. His game has deteriorated in recent years, last season he wasn’t efficient (.489 true shooting percentage) nor does he play much defense. That said, he’s more solid than his critics give him credit for — he’s still okay — and he’ll make a decent backup big man for what the Lakers are paying.

He’ll help the Lakers win more now as opposed to bringing in a big man to develop for the future. That said he’s not going to help them win much.

We’d try to guess what the Lakers’ coach would do with Boozer, but they still don’t have one.

153 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jimeejohnson - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Who are the Lakers better than in the west: nobody!

    • redskins21lakers24 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      houston, dallas, clippers, memphis, phoenix, denver, new orleans, sacramento, utah!!

  2. deezesoprano - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I have no idea if you guys see what the lakers are exactly doing. Give them 2 years and i think they are gonna be contenders again. I see russell westbrook in the laker future along with another quality free agent cuz KD is gonna leave but i don’t know where. Why offer bledsoe anything when he’s well on his way to become D wade jr. lol Had his meniscus taken out also….ill wait for rondo or westbrook. They already have a 1st round draft pick so if they have the worst record on purpose another #1 pick for the lakers is gonna come. I see exactly how this is gonna go, Think of the cavs…….4 years of trash only to be favorites now……I still think cavs are a year away with love or not. just saying, you have to expect more from the lakers cuz i don’t think 4 years ago people expected this from the cavs lol

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