The NBA trade deadline is less than a week away, and many teams are scrambling to organize a trade that could boost their team before the playoffs approach.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, a trade between the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls, involving Carlos Boozer and Andrea Bargnani has been laid out. The deal also includes Nate Robinson of the Bulls and John Lucas III of the Raptors. Johnson reports,
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 the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson deal for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III was available whenever they wanted it.
That move could take the Bulls below the luxury-tax threshold. Surely the Bulls would like to avoid paying tax if Rose doesn't play this season.
If the Raptors decide to pull the trigger on this trade, it would be an interesting situation for both teams, to say the least.
Boozer has been playing well this season, but he doesn't dominate on offense like he used to during his Utah Jazz days. Still, he would fit well on a Raptors team that lacks a skilled offensive presence in the paint, even if he may not live up to his contract.
At the other end of the spectrum, Bargnani is also an underachieving big man who has seen his role reduced since his return from injury. He wouldn't be an improvement at all on the defense for the defensive-minded Bulls team, but he is a good shooter and can spread the floor, which could create driving lanes for Derrick Rose, if and when he returns.
Robinson and Lucas are both legit backup point guards that can provide instant offense once they enter the game. They possess similar styles of play, but Lucas is set to make nearly twice as much salary as Robinson, despite their comparable skill sets.
Overall, all the pieces in this trade appears to benefit both teams.
After wandering in mediocrity for the past decade, the Raptors acquired Gay (via ESPN), which has energized the club, and with the eighth seed suddenly in their sights, it's no surprise that they have been the most active team before this season's trade deadline.
Acquiring Boozer wouldn't immediately turn their season around, but it would allow them to part ways with Bargnani's contract and fill an offensive void at the power forward position.
The Bulls have similar thoughts about Boozer, and it looks like the organization wants to move on from him.