Toronto Raptors Rumors: Quentin Richardson Trade to Chicago Bulls Coming Soon

By Ryan Heckman


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This offseason, the Toronto Raptors have actually done a pretty good job of gearing up for the future. Under new general manager Masai Ujiri, the franchise has taken steps in the right direction after getting rid of a couple of unnecessary contracts.

Most recently, the Raptors used the amnesty clause on forward Linas Kleiza to save roughly $4 million this next season.

But, one of the moves they made to clear some more room heading into the summer of 2014 was to trade the contract of Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks in exchange for Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson.

Camby has already agreed to terms with the Houston Rockets and will pursue his title dreams down south. Novak figures to stay with the team at least for now, but then there is the issue of Richardson and where he fits.

According to rumors out of Yahoo! Sports, the team is looking to trade Richardson and the Chicago Bulls are one of the top teams interested in the veteran swingman.

The 33-year old is a career 40 percent shooter, averaging over 10 points per game. His most recent seasons he has not played very much and has struggled to stay 100 percent healthy, thus shooting sub-40 percent for the most part.

Richardson is seemingly useless to the Raptors who are trying to go younger and acquire assets to help build a future contender, thus a trade would make sense for Ujiri and company. They have already made large strides toward a change in culture and toward winning, and this one would be yet another good decision.

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