The Los Angeles Lakers secured Carlos Boozer by placing the highest bid on him once he was amnestied, allowing them to add more depth to their front court. The Lakers needed to add talent to their team, especially after striking out on the top free-agents that were available. While Boozer is not the same player that he was in his prime, he still has a lot to add to the team. With the Lakers having to pay him a limited amount of money, he now represents a low-risk option for the team next season.
People tend to forget that Boozer is still a very good player, he just had a very poor contract the last couple of years that he didn’t live up to. He is a good low post scorer with an impressive mid-range game. He can attack the rim and finish and is a good free-throw shooter for a big man. He will get easier looks playing alongside players such as Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, and should put up good scoring numbers.
He still struggles on the defensive end of the court, but for the price the Lakers are paying, they can’t expect him to be a two-way star. He still works hard and will use his voice to help cover his deficiencies. He is also a very good rebounder, which will help make the Lakers a strong rebounding team next season.
Boozer isn’t the all-star that he was in his prime, capable of putting up double-doubles on a nightly basis. However, he is a veteran who will work well on the offensive side with some of the Lakers playmakers. He comes at an inexpensive price and the organization did not have much room left to spend on players. His contract is up at the end of the season and he truly represents a low-risk signing for the team. The Lakers were right to gamble on his talent, as they have little to lose if it doesn’t work out.