Had Carlos Boozer gone unclaimed in the auction or cleared waivers, he likely would have been on his way to the Houston Rockets, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources say CBoozer had strong interest in signing with Houston had he gone unclaimed and cleared waivers, but Lakers made winning bid
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2014
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle also voiced a similar opinion.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 17, 2014
Boozer, 32, averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per games with the Chicago Bulls last season.
The Rockets would have been interested in Boozer had he not been claimed by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were one of a few teams to make a bid, and “won” him with a high bid of $3.25 million. The Bulls are responsible for $13.55 million of Boozer’s contract, but it won’t count towards their cap or tax space.
Boozer was amnestied just a few days ago by the Bulls. He was owed $16.8 million on his last year of his deal, but the Bulls preferred to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, as well as give Taj Gibson more playing time, rather than giving the minutes to Boozer.
The power forward would have been a solid fit for the Rockets if he had made it all the way through unclaimed. He’s a solid stretch-four, and could have been had on the cheap.
It’s another “what if” scenario for Rockets fans, a scenario we have been to used to seeing too much of as of late.
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