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5 Takeaways From Los Angeles Lakers Claiming Carlos Boozer

5 Thoughts On Los Angeles Lakers Claiming of Carlos Boozer

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The Carlos Boozer sweepstakes has come to a conclusion. With several teams interested in claiming the veteran power forward, it was somewhat of a mystery where he'd end up. But one team was thought to be heavily in the mix all along -- the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here are five takeaways from the Lakers putting in the highest bid for Boozer:

5. Lakers Are Trying To Compete In Western Conference

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5. Lakers Are Trying To Compete In Western Conference

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Even though the outlook for the 2014-15 season is grim for the Lakers, you have to give the front office credit for trying to acquire talented players. They ultimately failed to land LeBron or Melo, so second-tier players like Boozer were the only realistic options. At this point you can call L.A. a strong nine seed in the West next year.

4. Lakers Are Trying To Appease Kobe Bryant

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4. Lakers Are Trying To Appease Kobe Bryant

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People want to deny that this is happening, but I firmly believe the Lakers are doing what they can to keep Kobe Bryant happy. While Boozer isn't a star anymore, he's still a quality veteran player who can help L.A. win more games in 2014-15. The more wins for the Lakers, the happier the Black Mamba will be.

3. Possible Audition For Future Contract?

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3. Possible Audition For Future Contract?

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Boozer is essentially an expiring contract for the Lakers, but it doesn't mean his stay in L.A. will be limited to one year. It's possible the two sides could stick together for a couple more years if things work out. Possible, but unlikely.

2. Boozer Can Mentor Julius Randle

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2. Boozer Can Mentor Julius Randle

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Perhaps this is at the root of the Lakers' winning bid for Boozer? Randle needs a veteran big man to show him the ropes, and without Pau Gasol, who else would the Lakers have turned to?

1. Lakers Are Trying To Keep Fans Interested

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1. Lakers Are Trying To Keep Fans Interested

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Above all else the addition of Boozer will give Lakers fans the illusion that the team is trying to be competitive in the Western Conference. At least they're trying, right?