Carlos Boozer PF LAL 5 Days

Boozer is currently coach Byron Scott's choice as the starter at power forward, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Boozer suffered through one of the worst seasons of his career last season in Chicago, and will be looking to bounce back in his new surrounds. With top 10 draft choice Julius Randle waiting in the wings, it's unlikely Boozer plays an excessive amount of minutes, but with the Lakers' lack of offensive options ,he could be a valuable late-round source of points and rebounds.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 18 Days

Boozer appears to the frontrunner to be the starter at power forward on opening night, NBA.com reports.

Boozer is in the driver's seat to be the opening night starter at power forward, with rookie Julius Randle looking likely to come off the bench. Boozer played just 28 minutes per game last season in his worst performance since his rookie season and his fantasy value is limited to contributions in points and rebounds.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

The Lakers have Carlos Boozer "penciled in" as their starting small forward, according to beat writer Mike Bresnahan.

This may be an errant report, as it's unsettling to imagine Boozer trying to defend small forwards on a nightly basis. The 32-year-old said that he "absolutely" views himself as a starter, and he's comfortable playing PF or C, so he should carve out a solid role one way or another. His scoring and rebounding make him a tolerable gamble in the late rounds.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

Carlos Boozer said that he "absolutely" sees himself as a starter for the Lakers at his introductory press conference on Friday.

Boozer will join a crowded frontcourt of Julius Randle, Ed Davis, and Jordan Hill, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him as a starter in LA. Things could change if the season progresses and the Lakers have a losing record, which could prompt the team to move in the direction of player development, but that's a discussion for another day. Boozer spent a lot of time on the bench during the fourth quarter last season in Chicago in favor of a better defender in Taj Gibson, but LA doesn't have that luxury, so it's possible Boozer sees an uptick in his minutes of 28.2 per game last season. Boozer looks like a late-round pick in standard leagues.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

Carlos Boozer said on Friday that he's comfortable playing power forward or center.

Based on last season, he doesn't bode well as a center at all. On defense he allowed his man to shoot a combined 52.0 percent on post-ups and as the pick-and-roll roll man. On the other hand, Boozer shot just 38.3 percent in those situations on offense last year (stats per Synergy). He also had a career-low in rebounds per game while posting his second-lowest offensive rebounding rate in his career. The Lakers are going to have to come up with something at center because Jordan Hill isn't capable of playing more than 24 minutes over the course of a season. The 32-year-old Boozer is more of a late-round pick in standard leagues.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

Carlos Boozer took to Twitter on Friday to express his excitement to be joining the Lakers.

"Feel Honored To Be Apart Of This Amazing Organization... Looking Forward To This Next Chapter!!!" Boozer wrote. Despite only getting 28 minutes a game with the Bulls last season, Boozer was able to provide serviceable numbers of 13.7 points, and 8.3 rebounds. It's possible that Boozer gets a larger minute allotment in LA with them being rather thin upfront, and he may be forced to spend some time at the center position.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

The Lakers won the rights to Carlos Boozer with a high bid of $3.25 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Lakers will acquire Boozer's expiring contract, while Chicago will have to pay the remaining $13.6 million for 2014-2015. Boozer was amnestied by the Bulls on Tuesday, and now has a new home in Los Angeles. It appears to be a win-win for both teams as the Bulls cleared enough cap space to sign Pau Gasol, while the Lakers get a veteran big man and an expiring contract.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

The Lakers have won the blind auction for the rights to claim the recently amnestied forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer was amnestied by the Bulls on Tuesday, collecting the $16.8M remaining on his contract. The Lakers were widely viewed as the big losers in free agency, failing to sign any noteworthy free agents, including Carmelo Anthony. Now it appears their consolation prize will be Boozer after they placed the highest bid in the blind auction to win the right to claim him. His fantasy value is still somewhat in question however, as he joins the loaded front court in L.A. that includes Ed Davis, Jordan Hill, and rookie Julius Randle. Even so, he should be able to at least reproduce his 13.8 points, and 8.3 rebounds he averaged last season in Chicago.

Carlos Boozer PF LAL 2 Months

The Bulls waived Carlos Boozer via their amnesty provision on Tuesday, clearing his $16.8 million salary from their salary cap.

This move has been long expected but the Bulls exhausted all possible trade scenarios before finally resorting to the amnesty provision. Boozer will earn the full $16.8 million and teams with salary-cap space can now bid for his services. If he lands in the right situation he may still return reliable fantasy value after a down season in Chicago last year.

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Carlos Boozer has been told the Bulls that he will likely be amnesty waived or shipped out in a sign-and-trade, but a final decision hasn't been made.

This will clear the way for Taj Gibson to become one of the league's most exciting power forwards, and even if Boozer somehow stays in Chicago, Gibson is nearly guaranteed the starting job next season.