The Los Angeles Lakers are a train wreck, but veteran power forward Carlos Boozer won’t be seeking a contract buyout, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.
Boozer could request a buyout from the 14-41 Lakers in order to have a chance to join a contender for the stretch run, but instead it appears he’ll ride out the year in Los Angeles and become a free agent in the summer. The 33-year-old was claimed by the Lakers off amnesty waivers last July after the Chicago Bulls amnestied the much-maligned big man. The Bulls are still paying him $13.6 million of his $16.8 million contract for this year.
Boozer began the year as the starting power forward in Los Angeles, but he was benched after the Lakers got off to a rough start. The power forward had some success coming off the bench, and he’s averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Of course, his poor defense has been a major problem, and Los Angeles is one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA.
Boozer returned to the starting lineup in the Lakers’ 118-111 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. He put up 12 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes.