Just over a week ago we reported that the Chicago Bulls were discussing a trade to ship Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III. It was initially believed that the talks weren't going anywhere and nothing was imminent. According to K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Reportedly, the Bulls' front office has told the Raptors' front office that the deal is "available when they want it."
From the sounds of it, Chicago has signed off on the trade for Bargnani and the only thing preventing the trade from going through is Toronto's hesitation to take on Boozer's contract along side Rudy Gay's. There are only six days until the trade deadline so a decision either way should come rather quickly.
The trade is entirely financially motivated for Chicago as a move for Bargnani would put Chicago just under the salary cap threshold. If the trade were done, the amnesty clause would no longer be applicable as no one else on the Chicago Bulls roster outside of Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.Tags: Andrea Bargnani, Carlos Boozer, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, John Lucas III, Nate Robinson, NBA, Toronto Raptors