The Los Angeles Lakers took another step toward rounding out their roster on Thursday, reportedly winning a bid to claim amnestied power forward Carlos Boozer.
ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports that "Boozer was released by the Chicago Bulls earlier this week and teams with cap space could make a bid on a portion of his $16.8 million contract. The Lakers made the highest bid in a blind auction and were awarded him on Thursday shortly after 5 p.m."
Marc Stein tweeted, "ESPN sources say that Lakers won Carlos Boozer auction with a high bid of $3.25 million."
After adding free-agent power forward Ed Davis and re-signing Nick Young and Jordan Hill, Los Angeles' rotation is starting to take shape. Its most significant addition was the acquisition of Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets, which cemented some depth at the point guard spot and gave Lin another opportunity to reboot his career.
But the work may not be over yet for the Lakers.
It's unclear exactly how much cap space the organization has remaining after claiming Boozer, but we can surmise that the big spending is complete.
Now it's time to scrape the bottom of the barrel for some affordable help. Fortunately, some free agents along those lines remain available.