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Lakers make winning bid for Carlos Boozer
Lakers make winning bid for Carlos Boozer

The amnesty market turned out a lot better for the Lakers than the free-agent market. They successfully submitted a bid Thursday for power forward Carlos Boozer, waived by Chicago two days earlier via the amnesty provision. The Lakers' put in their offer of $3.25 million directly to the NBA office, outbidding an unspecified number of teams. Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season for Chicago. He lost playing time to up-and-coming power forward Taj Gibson late in the season and his days were numbered after the Bulls signed Pau Gasol to a free-agent contract this week. He seemed confident, though, despite averaging only 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds as the...