ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that there has been serious consideration in the front offices of the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors of a potential trade centering around Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani.
So. This is apparently a thing.
First, the fact that anyone wants Boozer and his $15 million salary is mildly hilarious. Second, that the Bulls want Bargnani and his $10 million salary is mildly depressing. For all Boozer’s faults — and there are many — he’s a tremendous rebounder, and Bargnani is not.
Then again, Bargnani can shoot threes, at least somewhat, which happens to be the Bulls’ biggest current weakness. So…I don’t know. Would this deal really be so bad? It would give the Bulls another semi-competent big, shed some payroll and give fans a new whipping boy.
But we’ll see. Odds are nothing at all comes of this.
UPDATE: KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that while Boozer-Bargnani talks are not currently active, they could be revived with the inclusion of Nate Robinson and John Lucas III.
Lucas played for the Bulls last year, of course, filling in as the backup point guard when Derrick Rose was hurt. He’s struggled to find a role in Toronto behind Kyle Lowry and the now-departed Jose Calderon, but figures to be the Raptors’ primary backup now that Calderon has been traded. Meanwhile, Robinson has been a solid — if inconsistent — spark off the bench for the Bulls and one of the few players who can score points in bunches when necessary.