With Pau Gasol almost certainly parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, it’s likely that the Lakers could replace one scrutinized power forward with another.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was asked if the Bulls will finally amnesty Carlos Boozer this offseason (in hopes of signing Carmelo Anthony this summer), he responded by giving his two cents on the issue and then posing the question of how likely it’d be for the Lakers to put in a waiver claim for Boozer, who shares the same agent (Rob Pelinka) as Kobe Bryant.
Sources briefed on Chicago’s thinking say the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option.
Bear in mind that Chicago essentially has until July 15 to craft a deal that finds a new home for Boozer after a season in which he lost much of his fourth-quarter run to Taj Gibson. The NBA’s amnesty window this summer runs through July 10-16.
(One bonus question we’ll sneak in just in case Boozer does get amnestied: What are the odds his agent, Rob Pelinka, who also reps Kobe Bryant, urges the Lakers to put in a waiver claim for the former All-Star?)
Boozer is a still a serviceable forward in this league, he was just in a bad situation in Chicago. The Bulls asked him to be a second scoring option next to Derrick Rose and that’s just not his strong suit at this point in his career.
If the Lakers can add Boozer in hopes of bringing him in as a supporting player for Kobe and (insert star player here), it could work.
Though, I’m not sure if the Lakers would be willing to pay Boozer all that much. It’ll be a wait-and-see approach, as the Lakers are applying to most offseason decisions at this point.