Friday July 25th, 2014

Recently-acquired forward Carlos Boozer expects to start for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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.)

More: NBA free agency: Grading deals for Carlos Boozer, Chris Andersen, more

Boozer's 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last year were his lowest averages since his rookie season.

More: Report: Lakers offer Byron Scott coaching job 

With Pau Gasol leaving Los Angeles and signing with the Bulls, the Lakers' frontcourt will feature Boozer, second-year forward Ryan Kelly and recent No. 7 pick Julius Randle.

- Dan Gartland

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