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Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:44
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer appeared on WMVP’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” Tuesday morning and pretty much said what Bulls fans – if they are pro-Boozer – would want to hear:
--He believes he’ll be traded relatively soon.
--He’d love to play for the Bulls.
--He’s open to signing a contract extension and skipping free agency next year.
--He’s tight with Miami’s Dwyane Wade. The Bulls’ ultimate goal appears to be trading for Boozer this summer, while also clearing enough cap room to encourage Wade to come home next summer as a free agent.
As a refresher, Boozer has averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in two of the last three seasons. Anyway, here’s the interview:
Q: Do you think you will be traded?
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 17:01
The NBA rumor mill has been churning today with talk of a possible three-way deal that would send Utah power forward Carlos Boozer to the Bulls. Tyrus Thomas would go to Utah and Kirk Hinrich to Portland.
A league insider confirmed that talks are taking place, but have not gotten detailed yet. It sounds like Utah is checking the trade market for Boozer, who could have opted out of his contract this summer. Instead, he decided to stick around for one more year at $12.7 million.
Another possibility that has been floated is Boozer going to Detroit for Richard Hamilton, who became expendable when the Pistons signed former Bulls guard Ben Gordon as a free agent.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 01:51
The NBA chose to release this year’s salary cap and luxury-tax threshold at 9:30 p.m. Central time on Tuesday. For the second time since the cap was instituted in 1984, the number dropped.
The new cap is $57.7 million, about a million less than last year. The luxury-tax threshold is $69.92 million. The mid-level exception, which is supposed to represent the average salary, is $5.85 million.
Considering the economy, the drop isn’t all that surprising, since it represents a decrease in revenue. The last time the salary cap dropped was before the 2002-03 season.
The Bulls are over the cap this year, even with the departure of Ben Gordon. They’ll pay more attention to the luxury-tax number, because they want to avoid it.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 15:29
If anyone was alarmed by the Internet rumor posted Friday that the Bulls and Pistons are talking about turning the Ben Gordon free-agent signing into a sign-and-trade that would send Allen Iverson to the Bulls, don’t worry.
There is no chance of that happening. In fact, a team source confirmed that the Pistons have not even asked about doing a sign-and-trade for Gordon.
One reason teams might talk about such a thing is Gordon could get a sixth year on his contract if he re-signs with the Bulls and is traded to Detroit. Most people believe the approximately five-year, $55 million deal for Gordon is already above market value, so a sixth year hardly seems necessary.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 01:45
When I spoke to Ben Gordon late Wednesday, after he agreed to a free-agent deal with Detroit, one comment he made was that he felt Bulls fans had been “cheated.”
He didn’t elaborate, but I think he was referring to how the Bulls have given away some quality players in recent years to keep the payroll modest. Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Thabo Sefolosha left for little in return, while some players criticized the decision to send Tim Thomas home during the 2005-06 season. Of course, Bulls’ home attendance has been very strong throughout the decade.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 18:02
Yahoo.com reported that Ben Gordon has agreed to a five-year, $55-million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The Detroit News, usually a reliable source of Pistons news, called it a five-year deal worth more than $50 million.
The Bulls' leading scorer for the past four seasons spent Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Mich., on a free-agent recruiting visit. He can't officially sign a new contract until July 8.
Realistically, Gordon staying with the Bulls was a long shot. For the past two years, Gordon turned down offers from the Bulls that were similar to what he’ll likely get from the Pistons. Those deals he turned down were believed to be five years, $50 million in 2008 and six years, $54 million last summer.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 11:59
According to multiple reports, the Detroit Pistons were planning to fly Bulls free agent Ben Gordon into town today for a visit to the team’s practice facility. Also said to be along for the recruiting trip is Gordon’s former Connecticut teammate, Charlie Villanueva, the power forward who was granted unrestricted free agency by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pistons have roughly $19 million to spend on free agents and if they make Gordon an offer at the rumored price of $11 million per season, it’s all over. The Bulls are very unlikely to compete at that price.
If Detroit tries to squeeze three free agents into that cap room and comes in at $8 million or less for Gordon, the Bulls might try to beat the offer.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 20:15
The Bulls chose a fighter with the 16th pick of Thursday’s NBA Draft, selecting 6-foot-8 Wake Forest forward James Johnson.
Here’s Johnson in a nutshell, based on a couple of quotes that ran this season in Sports Illustrated.
“I know nobody can beat me up, so there’s never reason to be scared,” he said. “I’m not done fighting. I think about fighting all the time.”
Johnson grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., the middle child in a family of nine kids. Eight of the nine kids are black belts. Only 10-year-old sister Kiandra is a blue belt.
Johnson’s father Willie is an ex-marine and seven-time world kickboxing champion who runs J&P’s Martial Arts school in Cheyenne.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 01:32
In a late-developing story on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly acquired aging center Shaquille O’Neal from Phoenix.
O’Neal, 37, won’t necessarily carry LeBron James to his first NBA title. But it’s a low-risk move for the Cavs because they’re giving back little in return and O’Neal has just one year left on his contract.
According to reports, Cleveland will send Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic and a second-round draft pick to the Suns. Wallace, 34, threatened to retire after averaging 12.6 minutes per game during the playoffs. In fact, between Big Ben and Pavlovic, the Cavs are giving up two players who averaged just 3.2 points and 4.1 rebounds during the playoffs.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 06/21/2009 - 13:01
Louisville’s Earl Clark cancelled a scheduled workout with the Bulls on Sunday.
The Bulls proceeded without him, leaving Gonzaga’s Austin Daye and Micah Downs, UCLA’s Josh Shipp, Memphis’ Antonio Anderson, West Virginia’s Alex Ruoff and Clemson’s K.C. Rivers to perform at a steamy Berto Center.
A power outage cut Saturday’s predraft workout short and the air conditioning still needed to be re-programmed, creating a warm and muggy atmosphere inside the gym.
The 6-foot-10 Clark cited an injury as the reason for his cancellation, though it’s always possible he decided to skip Chicago because he doesn’t think he’ll be on the board when the Bulls pick at No. 16.