The Toronto Raptors have been having a productive off-season. But after signing Delon Wright, DeMarre Carroll and now Cory Joseph, the team still needs to find a replacement for Amir Johnson. With the free agent market drying up like the Sahara desert, it looks like GM Masai Ujiri may have no choice but to start looking at past-their-prime names like...Carlos Boozer?
According to Chris Broussard on Twitter, things are happening:
Sources: Carlos Boozer is in on-going conversations with LAC, SA, Dallas and Toronto— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 6, 2015
Back in 2014 after the Bulls amnestied Boozer, the Lakers won the bid to sign him to a $3.25 million contract. The Bulls had to pay Boozer's remaining $13.6 million that he was owed for the 2014-15 season, however it was removed from the team's salary cap and luxury tax purposes. It's worth noting that while the Lakers got worse, the Bulls used the free space to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.
At the time the Lakers called Boozer "an established veteran and proven All-Star who will be a welcome addition to the team." That however was far from the truth. In the 71 games he played in the purple and gold, Boozer averaged 11.8 points, and 6.8 rebounds per game in 24 minutes. Most of those points came during garbage time when the Lakers had nothing to play for anymore. (Except, curiously, a higher pick in the NBA Draft.)
With the Bulls, Boozer averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds per game in the 28.2 minutes he played. (Most notably, these minutes didn't occur much or at all in the fourth quarter.)
Boozer's best days came when he was an All-Star with the Utah Jazz. in 2007-2008, he averaged 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field. At 33-years-old, his great playing days have disappeared with his offensive skills, while his defensive ability (which was never a strength) is gone.
Still, Boozer is a live body off the bench, and sure, a veteran presence. While it's hard to imagine him being the answer at power forward for the Raptors, as an unrestricted free agent, he may be worth a look at the veteran's minimum.
What do you guys think? Should the Raptors get Carlos Boozer?