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Bulls, Raptors discuss swapping Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani

02.08.13 at 10:31 am ET
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Carlos Boozer

The Bulls and Raptors have discussed a trade that would send Carlos Boozer to Toronto in exchange for Andrea Bargnani, according to an ESPN report that credits sources familiar with the discussions.

There are a few logistical stumbling blocks. The Raptors might have to get into luxury tax territory to take on Boozer’s contract (he makes $15 million this year, $15.3 million next year and $16.8 million the following year).

Bargnani is making $10 million this year, which adds to his appeal over Boozer for Chicago. However, he also has two years left on his contract and has had a disappointing season to date.

The Bulls apparently are hoping Bargnani can help them out in the realm of 3-point shooting, while the Raptors, who were rumored to be trying to trade for the Lakers’ Paul Gasol before he was injured this week, could be aiming to upgrade their front line.

After Toronto traded for Rudy Gay last week, team president Bryan Colangelo said the Raptors would be ready to continue upgrading and take on the luxury tax for the “right transaction.”

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