Carlos Boozer has been the Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Bulls. Boozer was the high priced free agent that the Bulls had to settle for during the summer of Lebron and the power forward has never quite lived up to his 5 year, $75 million contract that he signed with the Bulls. In fact, many Bulls fans have suggested creative scenarios on how the team would be able to rid themselves of Boozer. Those suggestions include the Bulls’ using their amnesty provision on Boozer after the season, or the more popular notion, the idea that the Bulls will be able to trade Boozer.
To Boozer’s credit, the power forward is having an impressive season for the Bulls. In the absence of Derrick Rose, Boozer has averaged nearly a double-double with 15.7 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. Furthermore, Boozer has the third most double-doubles of any player in the Eastern Conference this season. In fact, Boozer has the most double-doubles of any power forward in the Eastern Conference this season. Boozer’s performance this season has impressed many to point where some believe the veteran should have been a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team. A team that already features Bulls’ small forward Luol Deng and center Joakim Noah.
The Bulls, however, may look to take advantage of the fact that Boozer’s trade value may never be higher. According to a report from K.C. Johnson, the Bulls engaged the Toronto Raptors last week about a trade that would send Boozer to the Raptors in exchange for Andrea Bargnani. The benefit to this trade for the Bulls would be two-fold. Trading Boozer would improve the Bulls’ financial outlook for the long-term, and Bargnani would bolster what has been one of the weak areas for the Bulls this season in the form of their three point shooting. Bargnani is a career 36 percent shooter from three point range, and is averaging nearly 16 points for the Raptors this season. As a team, the Bulls are shooting about 35 percent from three point range; a percentage that has placed the Bulls in the bottom-half of the league in terms of three point shooting.
While there has been no progress on trade talks between the Raptors and Bulls, the belief is that the two sides could very well revisit talks at some point between now and the trade deadline on February 21. If a deal is consummated between the two teams, Nate Robinson and John Lucas III would likely be included in the deal. Meaning Boozer and Robinson would be traded to the Raptors for Bargnani and Lucas III.