CHICAGO, IL - Carlos Boozer, the Chicago Bulls' high-priced free agent signing this offseason, will begin the regular season on the sideline as it was revealed on Sunday he suffered a broken hand.
The break, which occurred on Saturday, of the fifth metacarpal will require surgery and the power forward is expected to miss eight weeks. The Bulls begin their regular season slate at Oklahoma City on October 27.
Boozer spent the previous six seasons with Utah before signing a reported five-year, $76 million deal with the Bulls this offseason.
Last season, Boozer posted 55 double-doubles, good for third best in the league, and was one of 10 players league-wide who averaged a double-double, as he put up 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 78 games.
The eight-year pro previously played two seasons for Cleveland, which made him a second-round pick out of Duke in 2002. In 510 career contests, 469 of those starts, Boozer has recorded per-game averages of 17.2 points, 10.2 boards and 2.5 assists while connecting on 54.1 percent of his shots.