Power forwards are a trend in Los Angeles after the Lakers signed Ed Davis and won the bid for the former All-Star Carlos Boozer, according to league sources on Thursday afternoon.
After the Chicago Bulls recently released Boozer, the Lakers picked him up by winning the bid at $3.25 million, enough to secure his services. The Bulls waived his final year earlier in July under the amnesty provision to clear up $16.8 million off of their salary cap.
Boozer was acquired by the Bulls in 2010, which looked to be a great pick up for them. Unfortunately, the hefty forward hasn’t played any better since his days with the Utah Jazz. There was a noticeable steep decline with his performance. NBA experts say it is because of Boozer’s defensive lapses that saw them fail to advance to the Finals after finishing on top of the standings with a 62-20 win-loss record.
He averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while just shooting 45 percent from the field last season, the lowest since his rookie year. His inability to score near the rim frustrated teammates, coaching staff, and fans alike. His performance, plus the fact that his (supposed to be) back-up forward Taj Gibson is showing signs of improvement, triggered the Chicago front office to waive his rights.
Meanwhile, the Lakers reached an agreement with Davis in a two-year, $2 million contract with a player option in 2015-2016. Davis became expandable for the Memphis Grizzlies after they have agreed on a contract extension with Zach Randolph.
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15 minutes per game last season. He was picked 13th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers, though, might have a rotation issues with the 4 spot after selecting Kentucky forward Julius Randle in the recent draft. The team has yet to hire a head coach and land significant names out of the free agency market.