A couple of weeks ago, we found out that the Chicago Bulls had discussed trading Carlos Boozer to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Andrea Bargnani. Indications at the time were that the talks were not active and the trade was unlikely to happen.
As it turns out, not only are talks still active, the Bulls have already signed off on a deal that would send Boozer and Nate Robinson to Toronto for Bargnani and former Bulls John Lucas III. The only thing standing in the deal’s way is the Raptors.
The Bulls’ motivation in this is simple and obvious. The salary differential would allow the Bulls to avoid paying the luxury tax this season, something owner Jerry Reinsdorf has never had any interest in doing. Furthermore, this would essentially end any talk of the Bulls using their Amnesty Provision, since a player cannot be amnestied once traded and nobody else on the Bulls roster really fits the amnesty profile.
Personally, the only way I can really get behind this deal in any way is if the Bulls follow it up with a deal for J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic. And even then…ugh. Bargnani is known as a shooter, but his numbers say otherwise. His rebounding is atrocious and his defense might be just as bad. For all that Bulls fans hated Boozer, Bargnani might honestly be worse.