Last week, it was reported by multiple sources, that the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors were close to making a trade that would send Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson to Toronto for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III. As of today the deal is still on the table, the hold up is that neither team has agreed to the trade yet.
From the Chicago Tribune -
Of course, that might not happen if the Bulls make a move by Thursday’s trade deadline. League sources said last week the Raptors were told that the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson deal for Bargnani and John Lucas III was available whenever they wanted it.
The Chicago Bulls certainly aren’t going to make the first move, and if the Toronto Raptors really want Boozer they’ll have to be the ones who innitiate the trade. The Bulls are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, and due to injuries they’ve slowly fallen down the ladder. It was also reported this week that Derrick Rose might not make his return to the hardwood this season. He’s nowhere near where he wants to be physically, and for Rose who is an athletic guard, he wouldn’t be able to play at full speed which is his game on offense.
With that news, it’s possible that Chicago is open to such a trade because they don’t feel that they’ll get far without Rose, and trading Boozer would open up cap space to give Chicago the opportunity at signing a big name player in the offseason. However, the Bulls have done very well without Rose up to this point and could still get deep into the playoffs. But since Chicago has had the taste of winning a championship, albeit 15 years ago, a second round exit would not satisfy the organization. Sacrificing this season to have a better chance next season would be a great move on Chicago’s part. This would explain why Chicago is willing to make the move.
Would this trade make the Bulls worse? Absolutely. Andrea Bargnani is a good player, but he’s not enough to help Chicago get to the next level. Chicago does have a great, young nucleus to build around, but swapping Boozer for Bargnani is not the answer.
However, what a trade it would be for the Toronto Raptors who acquired Rudy Gay recently. Toronto would not be a team to mess with, and if they’re smart, they’ll make sure this trade goes through.