The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Jeremy Lin on Friday afternoon but they still haven’t found a way to convince Pau Gasol to re-sign with the team. One thing that the team has been rumored to be possibly doing is trying to acquire the soon to be expiring bad contract of Carlos Boozer in exchange for Gasol.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Bulls may end up acquiring Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers but it won’t be through a sign-and-trade that sees them ship Carlos Boozer out west.
Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports reports that any talks of a trade for Carlos Boozer are simply not likely to play out in reality.
Pau Gasol could find his way to Chicago, but it's unlikely to be in a sign-and-trade for Carlos Boozer, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
The fact of the matter is that the Lakers have a legitimate chance of getting better right away in 2014-15 and taking on Boozer’s bad contract smacks of giving up early and preparing cap space for the free agent class of 2015.
That class continues to dwindle as LeBron won’t be a part of it and neither will Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving or likely Kevin Love. Boozer isn’t a bad option to have, but the Lakers are committed to bringing Gasol back and taking on Boozers contract doesn’t seem to be something they want to try out at the moment.