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July 31, 2016 05:40 PM
Carlos Boozer: Signs contract in China
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boozer signed a contract with the Guandong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, David Pick of Basketball Insiders reports.

Boozer took the 2015-16 season off in order to spend time with his family. He hoped to return to the NBA for the upcoming year, but likely didn't find many suitors, so he'll head to China to continue his basketball career. Boozer's contract with Guandong likely has an opt out clause, giving him the chance to bolt to the NBA later in the season if injuries strike a contending team. However, there's no guarantee he eventually gets that call. Even if he does end up in the NBA at some point, Boozer will likely have a tough time having any sort of fantasy value.

July 3, 2016 10:58 PM
Carlos Boozer: Hopes to return to NBA
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boozer is hopeful to return to the NBA during the upcoming season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Following a disappointing 2014-15 campaign with an awful Lakers squad in which he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game, Boozer decided to take the past season off to spend time with his family. During that hiatus, Boozer continued to train regularly in Miami, and believes he's capable of serving as a mentor for young players and providing some minutes off the bench for a team in need of a veteran in the frontcourt. If Boozer is serious about a return, he'll likely have to wait a few weeks before landing a contract, as several younger, higher-upside free agent big men have set to sign with teams. It would be difficult for Boozer to attain fantasy relevance no matter where he lands.

July 10, 2015 09:48 AM
Report: Fading PF Carlos Boozer targeted by several teams
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Several teams are in the mix to land veteran power forward Carlos Boozer, sources have told ESPN, which is claiming he has had conversations with the Clippers, Spurs, Mavericks and Raptors.

The 33-year-old Boozer showed signs of age last season with the Lakers. He averaged just 11.8 points a game, his lowest since his rookie year, and a career-worst 6.8 rebounds. But he was limited to 24 minutes per game and shot nearly 50 percent from the floor.

July 10, 2015 09:52 AM
Report: Heat targeting PG J.J. Barea, PF Carlos Boozer
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

According to reports, the Heat are on the verge of signing veteran point guard J.J. Barea to a backup role and are exploring the possibility of acquiring power forward Carlos Boozer, per the Palm Beach Post

The Heat are crowded at guard, which may make Mario Chalmers the odd-man out given his $4.3 million salary. Barea averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 assists for the Mavericks last season. 

Boozer could be viewed as a replacement for Chris Andersen. Boozer is not a strong defender, but did average 17.8 points last season for the Lakers. 

June 1, 2015 02:49 PM
Carlos Boozer wants to return to Lakers if team will compete
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Fresh off a 21-61 season, Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said he'd be willing to return to the team if it's competitive, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

"If they have a team that could compete, I'd love to come back," Boozer said.

Despite the struggles throughout the season, Boozer said coach Byron Scott did a good job of fostering a winning environment.

Boozer added that he would be accepting of a bench role if that's what it takes to be on a winning team. 

June 1, 2015 03:12 PM
Lakers G Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer both out for Monday
by Ted Leshinski | CBSSports.com

Lakers guard Jeremy Lin and forward Carlos Boozer are both out for Monday's game in Philadelphia with upper respiratory infections, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It had been reported earlier that Boozer would be available.

Lin missed Sunday's game in Brooklyn with an upper respiratory infection while Boozer has sat the last four games.

The Lakers are 4.5-point favorites against the 76ers.

June 1, 2015 03:14 PM
Lakers' Jordan Hill will play Sunday; Boozer, Davis to sit
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

After missing the last three games to allow younger players to receive more playing time, Lakers center Jordan Hill will be available to play in Sunday's game at Brooklyn, the team announced.

While Hill will play Sunday, forwards Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis will sit out to rest.

The Lakers are 7 1/2-point underdogs.

June 1, 2015 03:20 PM
Lakers to sit Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill for next 4-5 games
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

With the Lakers out of playoff contention, the team wants its younger players to receive more playing time.

As a result, forward Carlos Boozer said coach Byron Scott said he and forward Jordan Hill would sit out the next four-to-five games, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

"It makes sense for the future," Boozer said. "They're trying to figure out and evaluate which guys to bring back."

Boozer and Hill both missed Tuesday's loss due to a coaches decision. Guards Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin started together Tuesday for the first time all season.

"I told them we're going to put you guys on the bench and try these young guys for a minute," assistant coach Paul Pressey said.

June 1, 2015 03:41 PM
Lakers forward Carlos Boozer (ankle) cleared to play Tuesday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

After dealing with a mild ankle sprain, Lakers forward Carlos Boozer has been cleared to play in Tuesday's game against the Pistons, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Boozer missed Monday's practice because of the injury. In 60 games, Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.

The Lakers are 3-point underdogs.

June 1, 2015 03:43 PM
Lakers list Carlos Boozer (ankle) as probable for Tuesday's game
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer is dealing with a mild ankle sprain and is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Pistons, the team announced.

The injury caused Boozer to miss Monday’s practice. In 60 games, Boozer is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.

June 1, 2015 03:49 PM
Lakers forward Carlos Boozer downplays benching in fourth quarter
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Lakers power forward Carlos Boozer didn't sound too concerned with not playing in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game against the Hornets, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

"I'm trying to teach the guys how to win," said Boozer. "If I see things out there, I'll let them know what I see and hope they see it for themselves, too. I try to keep guys in good spirits. It’s been a tough year for us, but we’re fighting through it together."

Boozer scored 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading to his first double-double in the last six games.

"I'm a positive man," Boozer said. "I give my parents all the credit for that. They gave us a positive environment. We didn’t have a lot growing up. But we made it fun."

June 1, 2015 04:05 PM
Report: Lakers' Carlos Boozer will not request a buyout
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Forward Carlos Boozer plans to finish out the season with the Lakers.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Boozer will not request a buyout. Boozer has mostly been a role player coming off the bench this season.

Boozer is under contract for $16.8 million this year and is set to be a free agent once the season ends.

June 1, 2015 04:14 PM
Lakers forward Carlos Boozer posts double-double Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer scored 21 points on 8 of 15 shooting from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds in Los Angeles' 106-96 loss to the Nuggets Tuesday. It was Boozer's ninth double-double of the season and second in his last five games. 

Boozer has also scored in double figures in five of his last six games. He added four assists and one steal to his totals.

June 1, 2015 04:19 PM
Lakers' Boozer, Davis to keep coming off the bench
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Though the Lakers were unable to defeat the Bucks on Wednesday, coach Byron Scott was pleased with how veterans Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis played coming off the bench.

Boozer posted 28 points and Davis brought down 20 rebounds in a 113-105 loss. With the way they played, a case can be made for both Boozer and Davis to re-enter the starting lineup. However, coach Byron Scott appears to be keeping them in their current roles.

“I like that combination and they play together,” Scott said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “There’s an argument for everything. I don’t pay a lot of attention to that. I like the way they play together. Both of them off the bench provide us with something special.”

The Lakers are near the bottom of the NBA at 13-36 this season and seem committed to developing the young players on the roster. However, the Lakers are receiving some solid support from these two veterans, who are providing some energy in relief roles.

“We play well together," Boozer said. "The more Ed and I play together, the more we play off each other,” Boozer said. He plays above the rim. Hes’ a very underrated passer. He’s a very good player.”

June 1, 2015 04:20 PM
Lakers PF Carlos Boozer scores season-high 28 vs. Bucks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Lakers power forward Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 28 points on 13 of 21 shooting in his team's 113-105 overtime loss to the Bucks Wednesday.

Boozer nearly turned in a second-straight double-double Wednesday, hauling in nine rebounds while also dishing out four assists. It's just the second time he's scored at least 28 points in the last two seasons. The Lakers stay on the road to face the Magic Friday.

June 1, 2015 04:30 PM
Lakers' Carlos Boozer doubles up on the Rockets
by Chris Cwik |

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer posted a double-double against the Rockets on Sunday.

Boozer shot 9-13  from the field, finishing with 18 points. He was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds during the contest. Boozer also dished out two assists and had one block.

June 1, 2015 04:32 PM
Lakers' Carlos Boozer expected to go on Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer has been listed as probable for Friday's game against the Spurs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Boozer is dealing with a triceps injury, but should play through it. He came into Wednesday's game with the same issue, but was cleared, and was able to play. Boozer is averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. 

June 1, 2015 04:33 PM
Lakers clear Carlos Boozer to play Wednesday at New Orleans
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer has been cleared to play in Wednesday's game at New Orleans, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Boozer was listed as probable with a triceps issue. In 41 games, he is averaging 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.

The Lakers are 7 1/2-point underdogs.

June 1, 2015 04:35 PM
Lakers unveil injury report for Wednesday's game at New Orleans
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Lakers forward Carlos Boozer (triceps contusion) was not at Tuesday's practice, but is probable for Wednesday's game at New Orleans, reports the team's official website.

Meanwhile, guard Ronnie Price (elbow) was limited at practice and is questionable. Center Tarik Black is dealing with a right ankle sprain and has been ruled of Wednesday's contest.

June 2, 2015 04:33 AM
Lakers PF Carlos Boozer scores team-high 18 vs. Mavericks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Lakers power forward Carlos Boozer scored a team-high 18 points on 9 of 16 shooting in his team's 102-98 loss to the Mavericks Friday.

The Lakers were able to stick around against a quality Dallas team Friday despite not having Kobe Bryant in the lineup. The team pulled contributions from all 10 players who appeared in the game, as everyone played at least 14 minutes and no one saw 30 minutes of action. Boozer led his team in scoring while seeing 21 minutes off the bench, adding eight rebounds and one steal in the loss. He'll square off with the Suns Sunday.

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