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Newly-acquired Lakers forward Carlos Boozer expects to start for the team this season. Boozer, who was recently dropped by the Bulls after Chicago used the amnesty clause earlier this month, was picked up by Los Angeles shortly after the release. 

By SI Wire
July 25, 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.)

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

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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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