Carlos Boozer went from being known as a gritty second-rounder to an overpaid defensive liability. In some ways, that’s the ultimate success story. Now, after playing last season in China, he’s walking away. Boozer on ESPN: I’m officially retired. The Cavaliers drafted Boozer with the No. 35 pick in the 2002. After he spent a couple productive seasons in Cleveland, the Cavs declined his cheap team option to make him a restricted free agent – with an agreement he’d re-sign at a reasonable rate if you ask them, with no handshake deal if you ask him. Boozer bolted for the Jazz, who gave him a six-year, $68 million contract. He made a couple All-Star teams and helped Utah reach the conference finals.
Carlos Boozer announces retirement
Pro Basketball Talk | Dec 18