Boozer had a simple answer when he was asked whether he expected to be a starter for the team this year: "Absolutely."
The forward was released by the Bulls under the amnesty clause earlier this month. The Lakers won the league-wide auction for his rights and will pay $3.3 million of his $16.8 million salary for next season. (Chicago will pay the remaining amount.)
Boozer's 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last year were his lowest averages since his rookie season.
- Dan Gartland