The Milwaukee Bucks met with free-agent big man Carlos Boozer this week to talk about a potential deal, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. Boozer spoke with both head coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond in Los Angeles, where the Bucks just lost games to the Lakers and Clippers.
Boozer, 34, spent last season with the Lakers after being amnestied by the Chicago Bulls the prior offseason. He never found a deal to his liking this past summer and passed up offers to play overseas in hopes of latching on to an NBA team midseason.
Milwaukee is an interesting fit for Boozer. One of the problems that’s plagued the Bucks during their disappointing 10-17 start has been their huge regression on defense, and it’s not like he’d fix that issue. The veteran big man has never been known as a defensive savant, and at this point he’d likely be one of the worst defenders in the league.
However, Boozer can still provide some scoring and rebounding off the bench (he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds last year), as well as a veteran presence in the locker room. Kidd recently expressed concern about leadership when it was revealed that several players were at a strip club the morning of their blowout loss against the Lakers. Boozer may not have much of an effect on the court, but perhaps he could be a good influence on the young Bucks.