Just days after being waived by the Bulls via amnesty clause, Carlos Boozer has a new home.
Boozer will join the Lakers this season after the team made the highest bid for the veteran forward, adding him to a frontcourt that includes No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle.
According to the NBA’s modified waiver rules, teams below the salary cap had to bid at least the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Los Angeles didn’t release specifics of the bid. But ESPN reported the bid was for $3.25 million.
“Carlos is an established veteran and a proven All-Star, who will be a welcome addition to our team,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season.”
– The Mavericks have re-signed guard Devin Harris, the team announced Thursday.
The Mavs didn’t release the terms of the contract. But according to ESPN, Harris’ deal is worth $16.5 million over four years.
Harris, 31, averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 assists in just 40 regular-season games last year after battling a toe injury in the first half of the season.
– Eric Bledsoe and the Suns appear to be far apart on a new deal.
Bledsoe, who averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds in a career year last season, wants a maximum deal from the Suns, who, according to ESPN, have offered the point a four-year, $48 million contract.
A max contract would pay Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, $80 million over five seasons, a far cry from Phoenix’s reported offer.
The Suns added Isaiah Thomas via sign-and-trade and drafted point guard Tyler Ennis this offseason, meaning the Suns may be ready to move on from Bledsoe.
The Bucks, Rockets and Kings are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old Bledsoe.