Carlos Boozer F LAL 8 months ago

Boozer becomes an unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason after serving a bench role with the Lakers. The 11-year veteran had a statistically mediocre season in which he averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 24 minutes per game.

Boozer contributed to the Lakers throughout the 2014-15 season as a bench player, appearing in 71 games. It was expected that the 33 year old would play fewer minutes this past season due to his age, loss of production, and defensive woes so the decrease in points and rebounds from last season is not a surprise. He did not have much value in most standard leagues, especially because of his faults in defensive categories, and that trend is likely to continue for the rest of his future in the league. Boozer has entered the time period of his career in which he is accepting of a bench role and wants nothing but a championship. He has expressed interest in re-signing with the Lakers in hopes of winning a title, as the team has a possibility of improving enough this offseason to become a legitimate contender, having the second pick in the draft, the return of Kobe Bryant, and a possible big-name free agent signing. No matter what team Boozer ends up signing with this offseason, he is likely to remain in a bench role and see a decrease in production and minutes, which gives him very little value in standard leagues.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 10 months ago

Boozer (illness) returned to action and posted four points, three rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 18 minutes of action Wednesday against the Pelicans.

Boozer has missed the last five games with an illness and has seen quite a big decline in his production this season. He's averaging 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in March, making him hard to own in standard leagues.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer will be available to play in Monday's game against the 76ers.

Boozer has been rested recently by coach Byron Scott, but apparently will be at Scott's disposal Monday versus Philadelphia. Nonetheless, it's unclear what Scott's rotation will look like Monday, making Boozer a hard player to rely on in daily formats.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer will be held out again Sunday against the Nets.

Coach Byron Scott continues to rest the veteran, and Sunday will mark his fourth straight absence. However, Jordan Hill, who was also resting, will return to action.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer will be held out Friday against Toronto, Mark Media of the LA Daily News reports.

Boozer has been held out of the last two contests, but coach Byron Scott said that both Boozer and Jordan Hill, who is also being rested, could be back Sunday against Brooklyn or Monday against Philadelphia. The goal in resting both players has been to free up minutes for the likes of Tarik Black, Ryan Kelly and Ed Davis. Coincidentally, the Lakers lose their first round pick if it falls outside of the top five.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer is expected to stay off the court for the next 4-5 games at the request of coach Byron Scott, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Scott reportedly asked Boozer and Jordan Hill to sit over the next couple of weeks so guys like Ed Davis, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, and Tarik Black could see extended time on the court. This already played itself out Tuesday against the Thunder and Boozer can be dropped across all formats as a result.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer (ankle) didn't miss any time with a sprained ankle, coming off the bench Tuesday and grabbing 10 boards and scoring four points (2-6 FG).

Boozer's sprain was only considered mild after he suffered it Sunday. It's no surprise that he played Tuesday, and will continue to come off the bench for the Lakers going forward.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer (ankle) will play Tuesday against the Pistons, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports.

As expected, Boozer won't miss any time with a mildly sprained left ankle. Coach Byron Scott went as far as to joke that Boozer "just wanted a day off" after the forward sat out Monday's practice.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer (ankle) is considered probable for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.

Boozer emerged from Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies with a mild ankle sprain, and the team held him out of practice Monday. He's expected to be given the green light to play Tuesday, though an official ruling may not come until after shootaround.

Carlos Boozer F LAL 11 months ago

Boozer moved back to the bench Sunday in a loss to the Mavericks, but still scored 17 points (8-15 FG, 1-1 FT) and grabbed eight rebounds in 25 minutes.

Tarik Black started in place of Boozer, but Boozer still put up respectable numbers. This season, his numbers have actually been slightly better when he's coming off the bench, averaging 0.5 points and 0.5 rebounds more per game and he's shooting 52.7 percent off the bench as opposed to 49.3 percent as a starter.