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Report: Rockets would have added Carlos Boozer as a free agent if he cleared amnesty waivers

Jul 18, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

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Carlos Boozer has become somewhat of a joke among NBA fans recently, but that has more to do with things like spray-painting his head, yelling “and-1” after seemingly every touch, and the huge contract he had that overpaid him for his level of production.

But Boozer is a serviceable big man who can still produce. Despite the flaws in his game (like being an inefficient shooter and a below-average defender), he still managed to average 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game for the Bulls last season, while starting in all 76 of his regular season appearances. That ability can be of value to plenty of teams who need reliable production off the bench, especially at a relatively low price.

The Lakers decided Boozer was worth $3.25 million for next season, and they weren’t the only team ready to pay him in the event that he ended up clearing amnesty waivers.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Had Boozer, who was made an amnesty waiver by Chicago this week, not been claimed, the Rockets would have moved in to land him as a free agent.

The Rockets had reason to be confident they would have been his choice, a person with knowledge of their planning said, though they considered it unlikely he would clear the bid process.

The Rockets did not put in a bid for Boozer because to bid, they would have to have cap room.

Houston has had a rough offseason any way you look at it, after swinging for the fences and missing on big name free agents like Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, only to end up losing players of value like Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while getting little to no return on those outgoing assets.

Boozer would have been a nice piece to add under the circumstances, but like everything else this summer for the Rockets, things just didn’t end up working out as planned.

  1. loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Woulda Coulda Shoulda


    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Gotta appreciate the photo though.

      Looks as if Carlos JUST found out he could’ve gone to a good team.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      well since the Rockets are NOT getting who they want when they try for them…

      they’ve taken to talking about who they would have gone after if the could have…

      they’re just looking to spin something positive after the mess they’ve been through this summer

  2. jasper36 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I’m sure they would have signed LeBron James as well if they could have.

  3. 88heatnation - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    It seemed like before the All-star break he was the biggest snub everything was about Boozer and missing out after playing way above and helped carrying the Bulls to respectibility, amazing how in less then a year the same praisers turn on you when Hibbert just had one of the worst postseasons ever just scary evident lack of effort but no trade talks nothing. Thats the NBA, just like they did Lebron they hate you then love you again but people will soon praise Booze when he brings in 18.5ppg and 9rb for the Lakers which he’s done before and well capable of in the right system.

    • pillsbury13 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      I’m tired of people acting like Boozer’s defense HURT the Bulls; they were the best defensive team in the league, even with him on the team. Even with the Bulls getting rid of Boozer and picking up Gasol, they are still not going anywhere without addressing their glaring weakness, they were LAST in the league in scoring because they get nothing from their guard positions. Every team has a scapegoat/whipping boy, and that’s all Boozer is for people.

      • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Pau Gasol , Doug McDermott , Nikola Miritic , Tony Snell’s new jump shot – Welcome Scoring

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      if he does score that much they’ll be in trouble as he’s not efficient at scoring anymore and for him to average that many points means he’s playing a ton and taking a ton of shots (and missing a ton of them too).

      for Booz to get that many points would be a bad thing.

      am I’m a huge Duke fan in addition to a Bulls fan.

      for those who criticize, it’s because I went to IU for college long ago and Coach K played for and coached under Bobby Knight so other than IU I’ve always rooted for Duke next.

      I root for Duke players in the league.

      But his time is past him for something like 18.5 pts a game. he’s had a very good career, his PER is just now a tick below 20.

  4. seasickcecil - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I would have added Angelina Jolie if I was Brad Pitt.

    • amlowlife - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      I don’t think she would have cleared waivers…at least not MY waivers. And I got a lot of cap space for her…

    • patfic5 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I would’ve made her add about 20lbs. ..

  5. parasolmonster - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    “but people will soon praise Booze”

    No, they won’t. He’s a turnstile on defense and shouldn’t be allowed to play in the fourth quarter. That isn’t going to suddenly change in LA.

    • campcouch - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      most players are turnstiles on defense. everyone guides the offensive player to help or ole on him and pray that a shot blocker picks up the slack. thus the creation of the All-Defensive team selections, to show you what few guys are actually considered defenders.

  6. mrlaloosh - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Nobody wants to live in Houston. When Cleveland and Dallas and L.A. Beat you out for free agents you have to realize that only dumb people want to be there. (Howard -Harden). Too bad, too sad.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      they say that humidity is bad for your lungs

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Please educate me, oh wise one. Who exactly did LA, Dallas, or Cleveland “beat out” for a significant FA this offseason (Lebron doesn’t count, if he wasn’t from Ohio and been drafted by the Cavs it wouldn’t have been a consideration)? Les Alexander has consistently brought big names to Houston during his tenure as owner (Barkley, Pippen, Steve Francis, T-Mac).

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Dallas signed Houston’s starting small forward.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Obviously. He was a restricted free agent and we had the right to match (you spoke the obvious to me as if I didn’t know anything so I’ll do the same to you). That doesn’t qualify as getting “beat out” for Parsons.

      • therealhtj - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Houston’s done surprisingly well on the free agent and trade market. The moves this offseason? Not so much.

        Dwight’ll be eerily reminded of his lone Laker season in H-Town next year.

    • campcouch - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      I don’t think anyone has beaten anyone in free agency. guys are selecting teams that a the best fit or offered the most money. a big name free agent move is still a rare thing and discounting James’ desire to return to his original team and the Miami Big 3, the only fortune changing signing I can think of since Shaq to LA has been Howard to Houston. Everyone else has been traded or picked up on the downside of their careers.

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    She does have a high upside.

  8. ocgunslinger - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Perhaps nobody wants to play with Howard is why they can’t sign anyone?

    • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Now that is a very big possibility.

    • campcouch - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      ironic. Howard didn’t want to be around Kobe and now no one wants to be around him

  9. iammr713 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Haha.. Morey & The Rockets take another L this Offseason.. Since Lillard put them out of the Playoffs, that’s all they been taking is L’s.

  10. fbwangus8736 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    So He could of been a Rocket if the Lakers hadn’t put in a claim? I guess the other 8 teams that put in claims don’t count! Also the fact every team but the Bulls could of signed Him as a free agent if He went unclaimed! This may be the worst fan written article I have ever seen!

  11. sonnysuave - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Can someone explain how Houston has cap room to go for Melo & Bosh… but they don’t have cap room to go for Boozer, even after dropping Lin, Asik, Parsons contracts?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Because reasons, I guess.

    • skoivu10 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Trevor Ariza took all the money

    • bkbell3 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Signed ariza and they would of gone over the cap to match parsons because they had his bird rights. Parsons cap hold was only around 2mil so they would of signed him last after they used up the cap space to sign other guys. Ariza and a couple of other guys were signed and used up the cap space. Remember lin and asik were paid 15mil but their cap number was 8mil each not 15mil.

  12. sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    They would have tried and failed to land him had he cleared amnesty waivers…

  13. campcouch - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Boozer has done alright for a 2nd round pick. Get paid!

  14. scoochpooch - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I remember when he signed his last big contract, everyone/team said he was being overpaid. Yet they still felt compelled to overpay him, nonsensical actions in sports today.

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