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Bulls Trade Rumors: Dealing Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani Not the Answer

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors calls for a foul during a 102-83 Los Angeles Clipper win at Staples Center on December 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2013

The Chicago Bulls have reportedly offered Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

On the court, this makes zero sense for the Bulls, but a closer look suggests the Bulls could get under the luxury-tax threshold with the deal. That's significant given stricter penalties will be handed down to teams in luxury tax trouble after the season, per the new collective bargaining agreement.

Still, just because it makes some sense doesn't mean it's the right move.

The Bulls would be sacrificing too much on the court if this deal went through. Bargnani has historically been a below-average defender and rebounder, which doesn't exactly fit into Tom Thibodeau's system.

While Boozer hasn't exactly been a shining example of man-to-man defense in Chicago, at least he has the body to bang down low in the post. He also knows Thibodeau's system well—imagining Bargnani trying to adjust to Thibodeau's defensive-oriented philosophy is enough to bring about nightmares and cold sweats.

It's also about the offense. Boozer is the Bulls' second-leading scorer this season (averaging 15.7 points), and Robinson is their third-leading scorer (12.0 points per game). Boozer is shooting better than any Bull who has had at least 10 starts this season (47 percent), and Robinson leads the team in three-point percentage (40 percent). 

The Bulls rank 27th in points per game and 24th in field-goal percentage with Boozer and Robinson this season. Imagine if they lose those two guys.

In addition, Bargnani is shooting 41 percent from the field this season, and his ability to shoot the three-ball has evaporated the past two years. If your value lies in the fact that you're a stretch-4, but you can't even be called a stretch-4 anymore, what are you exactly?

Lucas already showed last season that he can bring some value to the Bulls, but he's certainly not enough to make this a worthwhile trade for Chicago.

It's not known as of yet whether Derrick Rose will return to the floor this season, but I can tell you one thing: If you went through with this trade, his return wouldn't even matter. The Bulls wouldn't have a squad that could compete for a title, anyway.

It's hard to believe that the Bulls would actually propose this trade, but if they have, fans better hope the Raptors don't accept.

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