After sitting out a season from professional basketball, Carlos Boozer is now back in the mix playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. However, this wasn’t done without him first gauging the interest from the NBA. According to San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, the organization declined to take in the veteran forward.
“Then he was going to come for a piece of our summer league, but then he said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to do that, either,’” Buford told ESPN’s Senior Writer Jackie McMullan. “So we moved on. How can we evaluate him if he’s not playing?”
This seems like quite a head-scratching move from Boozer to expect the Spurs of all teams to jump head over heels for him when he hasn’t played for an entire season. That said, there’s no blame in him trying to see if he can latch onto arguably the best organization in the league. To be fair, he was in talks with the Milwaukee Bucks at one point during the offseason. This has provided him with a reality check for that he would have to work his way back from the bottom in order to get another shot.
Boozer is hoping that he can show that he still has something to offer once the CBA season ends in February or March. This would give him plenty of time to sign with a playoff contender. In all actuality, this could very well be his last hurrah to restart his NBA career.