Originally written February 18, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
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Buried in a column about the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwight Howard was an interesting trade-based tidbit regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani. [Utah] has talked to the Raptors in the past about Andrea Bargnani, but since Utah is hoarding cap space, a deal is highly unlikely. Speaking of Bargnani, Chicago would love to have him, but the Raptors have no interest in taking on the mammoth contract of Carlos Boozer. The talk of Ben Gordon coming over from Charlotte is a non-starter, and another rumoured deal with Philadelphia is also mere chatter, according to sources. Spies here in Houston reveal that other teams have sniffed around on Bargnani, particularly Golden State and Cleveland. The Cavaliers currently have Tyler Zeller as their starting center and will continue to say that all of this experience is going to be critical for his long-term development. Would-be center Anderson Varejao continues to deal with a litany of injuries and will miss the rest of the regular season due to having been prescribed blood thinners following a clot. With the recent play of Tristan Thompson coupled with the fact that he is from Canada, it would make sense that the Raptors would start any discussions with the Cavaliers’ power forward as a return price for the former first-overall draft selection. Given the Cavaliers’ needs, however, it would not be surprising if this would be another case of general manager Chris Grant merely turning over every stone in his path. [Related: Kyrie Irving makes shots and a few more fans during All-Star weekend]
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