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Report: Carlos Boozer met with Bucks, could sign deal

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer


At some point this season, some team was going to reach out and sign Carlos Boozer to a deal. If in the office pool you had the Milwaukee Bucks just before Christmas, you may be the winner. (Also, if your office had a pool on Carlos Boozer’s landing spot, your workplace has a serious gambling problem.)

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Boozer and the Bucks’ brass have been talking.

Boozer had a positive meeting with Bucks coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond in Los Angeles, sources said. Milwaukee suffered consecutive double-digit losses to the Lakers and Clippers this week.

Bucks center Greg Monroe remains sidelined because of a sprained MCL in his right knee, and the team has lacked reserve frontcourt contributions aside from John Henson.

Boozer can still help the Bucks on offense — he averaged 11.8 points a game while shooting 49.9 percent, and pulled down 6.8 rebounds a night last season for the Lakers. His PER of 16.8 is above the league average. He is still a pick-and-pop threat with the physical strength to play inside. However, he is a mess defensively. He will hurt the Bucks on that end of the floor.

If this is a short-term, non-guaranteed deal, I get it; and even if it’s for longer than that if it’s at the league minimum it’s not terrible.

But if the Bucks are leaning on him for more than 15 minutes a night for very long, that’s a bad sign.