HoopsHype Carlos Boozer rumors

July 25, 2014 Updates

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was quite surprised the Lakers were awarded Carlos Boozer via the NBA's amnesty provision, acknowledging as much before Boozer was formally introduced on Friday at the team's practice facility. "Fortunately for us and unexpectedly for us, our bid was the highest," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said. "Not for a second did we think he'd be available to us. Personally, I know he's going to have a great year this year, and at his age, there's no reason he can't play three, four or five more years. I think that's his expectation as well." NBA.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

The Rockets did not expect to land Carlos Boozer on Thursday. This was only partly because they did not make a bid for him. The Rockets did have reason to carefully watch the bid process, won Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers. Had Boozer, who was made an amnesty waiver by Chicago this week, not been claimed, the Rockets would have moved in to land him as a free agent. Houston Chronicle

The Rockets had reason to be confident they would have been his choice, a person with knowledge of their planning said, though they considered it unlikely he would clear the bid process. Houston Chronicle

July 17, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: That means Lakers acquire Boozer's expiring contract and Chicago is on the hook for the rest of Boozer's salary in 2014-15: $13.6 million. By releasing Boozer via amnesty, Chicago wiped that $13.6 million off books for cap & tax purposes but must still PAY Boozer money he's owed. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

July 16, 2014 Updates
July 15, 2014 Updates

But here’s another funny thing: The outside perception of Boozer contrasted with how those inside the organization viewed him. “I’m behind Carlos 110 percent,” Taj Gibson told the Tribune during this season’s playoffs. “He’s as supportive a teammate as I’ve had.” Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has amnestied forward Carlos Boozer. “Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.” NBA.com

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