Mark Stein reporeted on ESPN that the Bulls and Raptors are talking about swapping Boozer and Bargnani. K.C. Johnson said the Bulls initiated the talks but a trade is unlikely. Good.
Look, I know Carlos Boozer pisses off plenty of people. For good reason as well. However, Andrea Bargnani isn't the answer. Sure he's younger and in theory he spaces the floor, but in theory Boozer gives you a 20/10 low post threat. Theories don't always work out.
Here's the thing, Bargnani does one thing well. Shoot from the perimeter. Oh wait, let me correct that. Bargnani has a reputation of doing one thing well but has actually shot 32.4% from the three point line over the last three seasons.
Carlos Boozer is a better passer, rebounder, has actually been healthier, and I'll even take him on defense over Bargnani. To top it off, if you make this trade, you lose the ability to amnesty Boozer and make a cap space play in 2014. That's probably not such a huge loss, as I doubt the Bulls make a cap space play anyway, but it does limit your options.
Now the Bulls would save money [and potentially get under the tax] with a trade for Bargnani, but they wouldn't save money in a way that allows them to improve the team. They'd save money in a way that just gives the team more profits.
I know there are arguments for Bargnani. He's the #1 guy with a crappy cast. He's had terrible coaching. He's misused. His role would fit in with what Chicago needs. He's younger and still has some potential to get better whereas Boozer is on the way down for sure. Sure, there's some validity to all of that.
I'm not driving the Boozer bandwagon [okay, there is no bandwagon], but he's better than Bargnani. This isn't the move you want to make.
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