According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors may not be done making moves.
Just going online: ESPN sources say Bulls & Raptors have had exploratory talks on potential trade featuring Carlos Boozer & Andrea Bargnani
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 7, 2013
If the trade were to be made, there would have to be other players involved to match the salaries, as Boozer makes $5 million more per year than Bargnani.
Bargnani has long been involved in potential trade rumors, and Boozer has often been mentioned as a possible candidate for the amnesty clause.
Adding Bargnani would help the Bulls’ 3-point shooting and help lower their payroll. Bargnani has struggled this year from deep, but has shot almost 40% from beyond the arc for his career. And while he is not a strong rebounder, the Bulls already have Joakim Noah down low to handle that. Salary wise, Bargnani makes only $10 million, compared to Boozer’s $15 million per year.
For the Raptors, getting Boozer could solve their frontcourt issues. While Boozer would cost a lot of money, he has put together a nice season, averaging almost 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. Boozer would be a nice piece for the Raptors, but his huge salary would be risky for the Raptors to take on, especially after trading for Rudy Gay.
Stay tuned to KJG as we follow this potential trade, and others across the league.