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The Toronto Raptors haven’t received this much attention on the NBA blogosphere since Chris Bosh signed with Miami in 2010. A little over a week after acquiring Rudy Gay in a three-way trade with the Pistons and Grizzlies, the Raptors are at the center of a new NBA trade rumor.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Toronto and Chicago have engaged each other in talks about a potential trade that would send Raptors forward/center Andrea Bargnani to the Bulls in exchange for Carlos Boozer. While no deal is imminent, the Raptors haven’t been quiet about their desire to move Bargnani, who was the number one overall pick in the 2006 draft.
The reasoning behind Toronto’s interest in Boozer isn’t clear (other than a desire to get rid of Bargnani) given Boozer’s salary and the potential luxury tax consequences Toronto would face with Boozer and Gay on their roster. According to Stein, Chicago believes Bargnani’s shooting would complement Derrick Rose well when the all-star guard returns to the lineup. In addition, the Bulls are reportedly looking to shed Boozer’s high salary cap number.
Whether or not Carlos Boozer and his salary are worth the risk for the Raptors is certainly debatable, but you have to give Raptors President Bryan Colangelo credit for the way he’s aggressively trying to make the Raptors relevant again.
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The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in trade discussions for a deal involving Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani.
ESPN's Marc Stein broke the story, and he noted that other players with smaller contracts would have to be added to the deal to make it work. Standing in the way of a potential deal -- whether Toronto could afford to have Boozer and Gay on the team.
Andrea Bargnani just got himself healthy and back onto the court, and the Toronto Raptors are already discussing traded. They have long-wanted to move Bargnani, but he hurt himself and the team had to wait for him to recover. Now, with Bargnani healthy again, they can start up trade talks. And they have.According to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago, the Raptors have talked to the...
Carlos Boozer has long been mentioned as an amnesty candidate for the Bulls, but he has had a highly productive season.
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a potential deal centered around Carlos Boozer and Andrea Bargnani.
Andrea Bargnani returned Wednesday from an elbow injury, scoring 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-3 FT) off the bench. Bargs added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes.
He's likely to be showcased for a trade since the new Raptors will be built around Rudy Gay (25 points, 12 rebounds three assists and four steals).
Amir Johnson started at power forward, double...
The Toronto Raptors recently made a splash when they acquired Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies, and it appears like they might not be done dealing just yet.
According to a report, the Raptors and Chicago Bulls are discussing a deal that would center around Andrea Bargnani and Carlos Boozer. Via the Chicago Tribune:
The Bulls and Raptors engaged in trade talks centered on Carlos...
Carlos Boozer scored 19 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls closed out a six-game road trip with a 93-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Nate Robinson added 18 points for the Bulls, who rebounded nicely from a 32-point loss in Denver 24 hours earlier.
Al Jefferson had a season-high 32 points for Utah, scoring the first eight in...
There are few certainties in sports - that is one of the main reasons why they are so compelling. But one thing is pretty certain - now that Andrea Bargnani is healthy and back playing big minutes for the Raptors, the losses are sure to come. This seems like a ridiculous statement - Bargnani is the Raptors' "franchise player", the #1 overall pick in the 2006 draft...
Nate Robinson posed the question on Instagram, “whose the worst dressed Bull.” If we are strictly going off this picture, I say you can take Joakim out of the equation. He doesn’t look bad but he should be practicing the Coco Chanel rule of removing one accessory. In this case, the only accessory. That rosary/ necklace thing is not the move.
Rip looks a little disheveled...
Dwane Casey spent most of his pre-game media session tonight raving about Andrea Bargnani. Casey talked with the media about the effort he has seen from Bargnani on the glass in practice, what it means to the team having their two injured seven-footers back and he breaks into the "psychology" of coaching the talented Italian.