"Absolutely," Boozer said Friday, giving a single-word answer on if sees himself in the starting lineup this coming year.
The Lakers took
The Lakers have a crowded frontcourt with rookie
Could the Lakers start an undersized 6-foot-9 pair with Randle at power forward and Boozer at center? If so, what of center/forward Hill, who was re-signed for $18 million over the next two seasons?
A head coach might be able to provide some clarity, but the team has yet to name one since
On Friday, the Lakers introduced Boozer, a little more than a week after making the winning bid when the
The Bulls wiped Boozer's final year ($16.8 million) from their salary cap, allowing the team to sign away free agent
In turn, the Lakers claimed Boozer for $3.251 million through a blind bidding process. The Bulls will be responsible for the remaining $13.55 million on the veteran forward's contract.
"Unexpectedly for us, our bid was the highest bid and we were awarded Carlos," General Manager
"The only downside to this whole thing is that we had to waive a North Carolina guy to get Carlos here, in
Kupchak, also a Tar Heel, now has two players on the roster from rival Duke (Kelly and Boozer). Marshall was claimed off waivers by the
Boozer said he isn't especially concerned about the Lakers' coaching vacancy.
"This is a top organization in the league, they're going to give us a good coach," he said. "When we have a coach in place, and we find out what the system is, and what direction he wants to lead us in, we'll find our identity."
Boozer also said he looks forward to joining
"He's doing great. He says he feels healthy and he's motivated," Boozer said. "His drive to win is very contagious."
According to the 32-year-old forward, Bryant's message was, "Come ready. Come ready to lead. Come ready to surprise some people."
Boozer said he believes that he still has a lot to offer.
"My body feels great," he said. "I don't know how long I'm going to play, maybe four or five, six more years, maybe seven."
The 12-year veteran brings a career average of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. Last season with the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 and 8.3, respectively, playing 28.2 minutes a game.