Lakers win amnesty bid for Boozer

Agence France-Presse
The LA Lakers acquire the services of former Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer after winning the amnesty bid for the big man

LAKER BOOZ. Carlos Boozer (R) seen here working against Kobe Bryant (L) will join the LA Lakers in the upcoming NBA season. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

LOS ANGELES, USA – The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired two-time all-star forward Carlos Boozer on amnesty waivers, the NBA team announced Thursday night (Friday morning in PH).

The 32-year-old Boozer was available for silent bidding from any team with enough salary cap space after being waived using the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

“Carlos is an established veteran and a proven all-star, who will be a welcome addition to our team,” said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season.”

The Lakers refused to release details of the bid but it will help offset the $16.8 million the Bulls owed him.

It was earlier reported that the Lakers and the Bulls were working on a sign-and-trade involving Boozer and Spanish big man Pau Gasol. Negotiations fell through but the two players still switched teams with Gasol earlier deciding to sign with Chicago.

Boozer is a 12-year NBA veteran who has appeared in the playoffs eight-straight years.

Boozer played the past four seasons with the Bulls, averaging 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in 280 games.

He holds career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds over 790 games. –

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