If Amnestied, Carlos Boozer is Perfect Short-Term Option for Los Angeles Lakers
Lately, rumors have increasingly indicated that the Chicago Bulls will do the inevitable, amnestying Carlos Boozer who is owed upwards of $17 million next season. The two time All-Star has played a vital role in Chicago’s success in 2010, however lack of defensive presence and the emergence of Taj Gibson seems to be the reasons Boozer is on his way out. Although the Bulls must still put out Boozer’s remaining salary if he is in fact amnestied, it should clear ample cap space to sign an additional impact player who can bring some offensive production. Boozer would then enter the waiver process, which would give the remaining 29 NBA teams an opportunity to bid on Boozer beginning at about $3 million. The bidding process is created to give the franchises with the lowest win percentage first dibs at making a bid.
Furthermore, one team that would benefit greatly from placing a bid on Boozer would be the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles is headed into the 2013-14 offseason loaded with salary cap, but short on players. Just Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre have guaranteed contracts for next season, so this leaves the door wide open for several personnel changes beginning June 26 with the draft. Depending on how free agency turns out, Los Angeles may be in need of a cheap, viable power forward who can bring production to lighten the scoring load from Bryant’s shoulders. Boozer not only offers this, but is the absolute perfect option for the Lakers to bring in.
Kevin Love has drawn tons attention over the past few weeks as he allegedly made it clear that he will leave the Minnesota Timberwolves high and dry in 2015. Of course, immediately after the Lakers were linked to rumors regarding interest in trading for Love this summer, however the later than expected draft pick has basically put them out of contention for now. This will force Los Angeles to look ahead to 2015, hoping Love does not sign a long-term extension with any other team interested in acquiring via trade. So, in the meantime, Los Angeles needs a power forward to fill the position until Love becomes a free agent one year from now. Inking Boozer to a one-year $3 million contract is not only the ideal fit, but best option for either side moving forward. Who knows, Boozer may play himself into a long-term deal to finish off his career in Los Angeles as a sixth man.
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