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NBA notes: Lakers acquire Carlos Boozer via amnesty bid

Published July 18, 2014 1:49 pm

NBA • Veteran power forward was waived by Chicago.
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A person with knowledge of the details says the Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause.

According to NBA rules, teams with room under the salary cap had to bid at least $1.4 million, the amount of the minimum salary for veterans next season.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because there was no official announcement, did not say how much the Lakers bid.

The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player without his salary counting for cap and tax purposes. Boozer is due $16.8 million next season in the final season of his contract.

He will join a Lakers team that has already signed fellow power forwards Jordan Hill and Ed Davis.

Celtics legend Russell collapses during speech

Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.

Team spokesman Brian Olive said the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, Nev., but was planning on returning home to Seattle.

Witness Michael Rooney told The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a roomful of Konica Minolta employees when he started to sway at the podium and then fell backward.

Rooney said Russell seemed to be conscious as hotel personnel and first responders came to his aid. The meeting was cut short and attendees left.

Russell, a five-time NBA MVP, won 11 championships in 13 years as a center with the Celtics. As a player-coach for the last two, he was the first black head coach in a major U.S. pro sport.

Around the league

Wizards • Washington officially signed veteran forward Paul Pierce. Pierce, who turns 37 in October, spent 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets last season.

He averaged a career-low 13.5 points last season, but is a 10-time All-Star who has gained a reputation as one of the best big-moment players in the league.

Mavericks • Dallas re-signed guard Devin Harris. The Mavericks didn't reveal contract terms, but ESPN reported Harris got a $16.5 million, four-year deal.

The 31-year-old Harris averaged 7.9 points, 4.5 assists and 20.5 minutes in 40 regular-season games last season after returning from a toe injury.