Lakers Acquire Carlos Boozer
Friday Jul 18, 2014 12:00am
(LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Carlos Boozer on amnesty waivers, calling him "an established veteran and a proven All-Star who will be a welcome addition to our team." Nine teams with cap space were able to make a blind bid to pick up the remaining portion of Boozer's $16.8 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers won with a bid of $3.25 million, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. The Bulls must pay Boozer the remaining $13.6 million that he is owed in 2014-15 on the final year of his current contract. Releasing Boozer via the amnesty clause removes that $13.6 million from Chicago's books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes, but the Bulls still must pay him the money he's owed. Boozer was released by the Bulls earlier this week as they made room to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 76 games for the Bulls last season. He played just 28.2 minutes per game as coach Tom Thibodeau often didn't insert him in the fourth quarter.