Carlos Boozer Taking Talents To China To Get Attention For NBA Comeback
Carlos Boozer has joined the growing list of former NBA players who are trying to make it big in China. The veteran power forward has reportedly reached an agreement with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.Advertisement
The two-time All-Star last played in the NBA during the 2014-15 season. The Los Angeles Lakers claimed him off amnesty waivers and paid him just $3.25 million of his $16.8 million pay check. His former squad, the Chicago Bulls, cashed out the remaining $13.55 million.
Boozer became an unrestricted free agent last summer, but no NBA team opted to sign him. He spent much of last season doing TV work while staying in basketball shape.
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“The previous season with the Lakers was a tough year. Kobe [Bryant] got hurt, Steve Nash went down and we had a young group still learning to win,” Boozer shared to The Vertical, via Yahoo Sports. “I ended up taking the next year off, spent time with my kids and family and right now my body feels great. I feel terrific.
He added that he has been working out all year and wants to play professional basketball again. His patience has finally paid off, as he is now set to strut his wares, including his awkward-looking jump shot, to a new audience.
ESPN reported that Boozer will soon take his talents to China, specifically in Guangdong. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced.
If Boozer makes good of his basketball stint in China, he might return to the NBA. The CBA usually ends in February or March. An NBA contender might find value in signing him for a short-term deal.
“I’ve been in the league for 13 years, and played in All-Star Games and been part of a gold-medal team in the Olympics [in 2008], and I think that I can be a help in a mentoring role,” he said. “I really like the opportunity of having a role on a team where I can give back on the knowledge that I’ve gained through the years.”