Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer and Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani have been popular names in the last few weeks of trade rumors, and according to the Chicago Tribune, it looks like they might get traded soon.
League sources said last week the Raptors were told the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson deal for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III was available whenever they wanted it.
With the recent news that Derrick Rose might sit out for the remainder of the season to fully heal from his ACL injury in last year’s playoffs, the Bulls might be looking to get under the luxury-tax threshold.Trading Boozer, who is owed $75 million over 5 years, and Robinson, who was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week two weeks ago, for Bargnani and Lucas would do just that for them.
Certainly, this trade would hurt the Bulls’ chances of contention this season, as Boozer, who is averaging 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, and Robinson, who has 12 points and 4.2 assists per game, have both played significant roles on the team this season in the absence of Derrick Rose. Bargnani would be the best piece Chicago would receive, but he has been limited to just 25 games this season with nagging injuries and averages of 14.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
The trade deadline is next Thursday, February 21st, so a Raptors decision should come soon.