|Bulls, Raptors discuss swapping Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani||02.08.13 at 10:31 am ET|
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.”
|Report: Raptors offer Steve Nash three years, $36 million||07.02.12 at 1:17 pm ET|
The Raptors have offered free agent point guard Steve Nash a three-year, $36 million contract, according to an ESPN report.
According to the story, Toronto is one of four teams that pose the greatest risk of signing Nash away from Phoenix, where he has led the Suns for the past eight seasons. The other teams include the Mavericks, where Nash began his career, the Knicks, whom he met with Sunday, and the Nets, with whom Nash is meeting on Monday.
While Phoenix is likely to offer the 38-year-old a two-year deal worth $20 million, the Arizona Republic reported Friday night that the Suns “do not appear willing to meet [Nash's] wish for a three-year deal.”
The Suns selected North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall with the 13th pick in Thursday night’s draft, leading to the perception that the team is preparing for Nash’s departure.
Nash, a two-time league MVP, earned nearly $12 million last season while averaging 12.5 points and 10.7 assists. Despite playing on a team without a 20-point scorer, Nash lead the Suns to a 33-33 record, narrowly missing the last playoff spot in the West.
|Nuggets won’t match Kleiza offer||07.16.10 at 10:58 am ET|
The Raptors offered restricted free agent Linas Kleiza a four-year, $18.8 million offer sheet, and it is being reported that his former team, the Nuggets, will not match it.
The 6-foot-8 forward was chosen 27th overall in the 2005 draft by the Trail Blazers but has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far. His best statistical season came in the 2007-08 campaign when he averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the floor.
Because the Nuggets agreed to a deal on Tuesday with forward Al Harrington, there was no urgency to bring back the 25-year-old Lithuanian. The Nuggets also signed former Celtics big man Sheldon Williams on Wednesday.
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