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Juneau Native Coming Off Down Season, Switches Teams

Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:51:33 AM AKDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2014 06:32:33 PM AKDT
Carlos Boozer

Two days after being placed on amnesty waivers by the Chicago Bulls, Juneau native Carlos Boozer has reportedly landed with the Los Angeles Lakers.  ESPN is reporting that the Lakers won a blind auction to acquire the Alaskan's services for next season.

Los Angeles will be the fourth team Boozer has played for in his NBA career that spans 12 seasons.  Boozer is a two-time Olympian and once averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season.  At 32, however, his numbers went down to 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season with Chicago.

The Lakers reportedly paid 3.25 million dollars for the right to Boozer.  Under the NBA's amnesty provision, the Bulls will pay the remainder of Boozer's 16 point 8 million dollar contract next season without the figure counting towards the salary cap.  The winning bid in the blind auction is subtracted from Chicago's bill.