I actually don’t know what to say about this. Here’s Marc Stein from ESPN with this news:
ESPN has learned that the Los Angeles Lakers have won the amnesty auction with the highest bid for Boozer
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
I don’t get it.
The Lakers paid a LOT of money to keep Jordan Hill. They drafted a promising Julius Randle. Just yesterday, they claimed Ed Davis. And we all thought that it’s inevitable for Ryan Kelly to come back. I was looking forward to the Lakers developing these young players and seeing if Jordan Hill can be a 30-minute-per-game player.
This Carlos Boozer acquisition mucks it all up. I mean, what am I not seeing here that the Lakers are? Boozer is going to take away lots of minutes from the young guys. He’s a better fit for a contending team and we all know that the Lakers are far from that. Why stunt Randle’s development?
Boozer is pretty much all midrange jumpers at this point of his career. Your grandmother can play better defense than him and Boozer yells more than an intense Street Fighter II fight. I mean, I guess he can be the grizzled veteran that can mentor the kids here but I think I’m pushing it at this point.
Yeah. I’m not a fan of this transaction. And I’m actually NICER than a lot of people about Carlos Boozer.