Can Carlos Boozer Redeem Himself with Los Angeles Lakers?

Carlos Boozer has lost some of his luster.

Once an established star for the Utah Jazz, the 32-year-old may now be better known for a C-list rap album replete with an appearance by auto-tune pioneer T-Pain.

USA Today's Micah Peters reports, "Boozer, Shawn Marion, and sundry other NBA players that want to make their own locker room pump-up music are dropping a 10-track album on iTunes," adding, "It’s called Full Court Press Vol. 1, which means that THERE COULD BE MORE TO COME."

We can only hope.

If Boozer's looking to supplement his NBA legacy with a life in entertainment, he's come to the right place.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Boozer in July off waivers after the Chicago Bulls used their amnesty clause on him.

According to's Brian Windhorst, "Nine teams with cap space were able to make a blind bid to pick up the remaining portion of Boozer's $16.8 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers won with a bid of $3.25 million, sources told's Marc Stein."

"Carlos is an established veteran and a proven All-Star, who will be a welcome addition to our team," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement, via The Associated Press. "We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season."

"Fortunately for us and unexpectedly for us, our bid was the highest," Kupchak later told reporters at Boozer's introduction. "Not for a second did we think he'd be available to us. Personally, I know he's going to have a great year this year, and at his age, there's no reason he can't play three, four or five more years. I think that's his expectation as well."

It's the optimistic tone Kupchak has to sound, but the successful reinvention of Carlos Boozer is hardly a foregone conclusion.

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