The Los Angeles Lakers failed to make a splash in free agency with Carmelo Anthony. On top of that, the organization lost Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls. Apparently, claiming Carlos Boozer as their free-agent consolation prize is Los Angeles’ way of showing fans that they haven’t given up hope. The only problem is submitting the highest bid in the blind auction to acquire Boozer is basically showing the fans that they don’t expect to win this season.
Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game with the Bulls last season. Considering those numbers were earned while averaging 28.2 minutes per contest, it really puts it is perspective how far the power forward has fallen since arriving in Chicago. To put it lightly, Boozer had by far the worst season of his career in 2013-2014. And there is no more evidence necessary than the fact that he posted a 14.4 player efficiency rating, which was 0.6 points below the league averaged of 15.0.
Of course, the Lakers see potential is Boozer. I mean, why shouldn’t they? They will needlessly spend money on a player at a position in which the Lakers don’t exactly need to upgrade. Clearly, last year’s performance shows that Los Angeles needs help throughout the roster, but signing Boozer really doesn’t make sense, at least not from a performance point of view.
I can’t help but wonder if this has more to do with grabbing headlines. The Lakers are by far one of the biggest losers in free agency this offseason. They need to do something in order to inject some excitement into the fan base and some confidence into the current team. Boozer is a big-named player with plenty of veteran experience. With the right opportunity, he could break out of his shell and be the Boozer of old. Of course, that’s more or less wishful thinking.
Even though this is just the initial crack at the signing, I have come to no other conclusion that this was definitely a bad move by the Lakers. But, there’s always the possibility that time will prove otherwise.