The Booz is ready for a return?
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical — Carlos Boozer is getting himself prepared for a NBA return.
Boozer, 34, has been working out in Miami throughout the past year and hopes there’s an opportunity in a bench role and mentoring environment on a team in the 2016-17 season.
“The previous season with the Lakers was a tough year,” Boozer told the Vertical. “Kobe [Bryant] got hurt, Steve Nash went down and we had a young group still learning to win. I ended up taking the next year off, spent time with my kids and family and right now my body feels great. I feel terrific.
“I have been working out hard all year, and I miss the game. I want to play again.”
Boozer says he’s been working out five to six days a week and believes that his body has benefited from the rest of a year away from the league’s grind. As free agency plays out, Boozer hopes that he and his agent, Rob Pelinka, can identify potential contending teams that could use him as a big man off the bench – and a mentor for younger players.
Boozer — who has been working out in Miami — is looking to be a bench guy and mentor. I guess after last averaging 11.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game on 49.9 shooting two-years ago with the Lakers — Boozer wants to chase a ring like Mo Speights and other veteran bigs.