Boozer was released by the Bulls on Tuesday via their one-time amnesty clause to rid the $16.8 million remaining on the final year of his contract from their team salary to sign Pau Gasol. Los Angeles was able to land the 12-year veteran on Thursday afternoon after placing the highest bid at $3.25 million for him in a blind auction. This in turn means that the Lakers were pay that portion of his contract with Chicago paying the remainder.
Los Angeles was one of nine teams which had enough salary cap space to place a bid on Boozer.
The 32-year-old has spent the last four seasons with the Bulls averaging 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. However, he is coming off a down year in terms of production as he had his worst averages in points (13.7) and rebounds (8.3) since the 2003-04 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and posted his worst field goal percentage (45.6) in a single season in his career.
The two-time All-Star is the latest big man to join Los Angeles as the team signed former Memphis Grizzlies forward Ed Davis on Wednesday evening on a two-year deal worth $2 million. This offseason, the Lakers have been busy retooling their roster as they have already re-signed Jordan Hill (two years, $18 million) and Nick Young (four years, $21.5 million), and acquired Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets.
Boozer will likely be placed into the role as the team’s starting power forward, or if Los Angeles decides to play a smaller lineup he could slide over to center and allow rookie Julius Randle to start at power forward. Nonetheless, his addition now pushes the Lakers’ roster to nine players under contract for next season.
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