via Chicago Tribune:
According to the ChicagoTribune, league sources reported that the Toronto Raptors were told that the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III swap was available whenever they wanted it. Although nothing is official yet, a deal seems extremely close, assuming the Raptors are willing to take the deal. Boozer’s contract ends after the 2014/15 season, where he will be making $16.8 million. Just like Boozer, Bargnani’s contract ends after the 2014/15 season, where he will be making $12 million.
“There’s actually a lot of therapeutic benefit to starting with early minutes when it’s safe,” Cole said then. “You have to play to play. All these muscle patterns have to kick in. You can do that off the court informally. But there’s a lot of benefit to playing. Whether he has to go 40 minutes, that’s a whole different story. Just getting out there and playing when he’s able, that’s when his exponential growth is going to come.”
Until that happens, what can the Bulls do? Staying healthy would help.
“Injuries have helped some guys play better (with time),” Luol Deng, another All-Star, told Bulls.com. “It also has affected us a little bit in terms of rhythm. The bottom line is we want to get healthy and play together more.”
Of course, that might not happen if the Bulls make a move by Thursday’s trade deadline. League sources said last week the Raptors were told the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinsondeal for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III was available whenever they wanted it.
That move could take the Bulls below the luxury-tax threshold. Surely the Bulls would like to avoid paying tax if Rose doesn’t play this season.
There are 30 games remaining, time to ponder one final comment Cole made in May regarding Rose.
“Statistically, he should be that (previous) player and then some,” Cole said. “That doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed.”
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