After spending some time playing overseas in the professional Chinese basketball league, Carlos Boozer is looking to hop onto an NBA team for the rest of the season.
Boozer hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season when he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 71 games for the Lakers. Boozer is now 35-years-old.
The latest report from ESPN’s Marc Stein names two teams that may be interested in taking a shot at Boozer:
After a bumpy adjustment period to the Chinese game, Boozer has joined Fredette as one of the CBA’s most influential imports over the past two months. One source plugged firmly into the Chinese scene says that the Miami Heat and the aforementioned Clippers are among the teams tracking the 34-year-old’s progress with Guangdong.
One potential problem for Boozer: If Guangdong indeed reaches the championship series in China, he might run out of time to make it back to the States in time to hook up with a playoff team. Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn’t been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he’d have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.
Boozer making it to the NBA this season isn’t a certainty.
The Clippers and Heat would be interesting fits. No one expects Boozer to provide a team much at this point in his career but both the Heat and Clippers could use some added depth on their benches so he might be able to provide at least some value to them.