Saturday, 9 February 2013

Bargnani Trade Rumors

The former 2006 number 1 first overall draft pick hasn't quite lived up to his potential or the star quality that a number 1 pick brings. Andrea Bargnani may be on his way out of Toronto, and find himself with a fresh start in Chicago, as rumor continue to swirl around the player and his possible destinations before the February 21 trade deadline. Recent rumors have suggested that the Raptors are in negotiations with the Chicago Bulls on a possible deal which would centerpiece around Andrea Bargnani for Carlos Boozer. Now the deal cannot be a straight up deal, as the there would have to be a number of smaller contract or role players added to the deal so that the salary cap math could work.

Bargnani would be a good fit in Chicago, as he would add a much needed dimension to the team, in terms of his ability to shoot from beyond the mark, and trading Boozer would definitely be cost effective, knocking some dollars of the books. Bargnani is coming of a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a couple of months, however the Bulls do need help with scoring and scoring from behind the arc, as they are one of the worst teams in the points per game category.

Boozer is currently shooting the worst percentages of his career, however his play has picked up as of late, and would be an instant help and boost to the Raptors on the boards and defense, as the Raptors are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA. The deal would definitely help both teams out, especially Chicago, as Derrick Rose will be returning to the line-up sometime after the All Star game, and would be a great fit for Bargnani. With Rose back and the possiblity of acquiring Bargnani the Bulls, would be able to create more space for Rose to shoot, stretch the play and create more shooting options. Although Bargnani's time in Toronto has been subject to disappointment, he would do better on a team like the Bulls, as they are one of the best defensive teams, and he would be around a more winning team with a stronger supporting cast.

All in all, the deal sounds good for both sides, as Chicago would acquire a layer that can boost their offense, and the Raptors would get a player that could help the on the boards and defense, and really help the team shut down games in the fourth quarter.

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