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All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Tim Thomas arrives; recalls Del Negro the teammate

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 15:53
Tim Thomas made it into town from New York on Saturday morning. He joined fellow newcomers Brad Miller, John Salmons and Anthony Roberson in a crash course on the Bulls offense from assistant Del Harris before the team left for Indianapolis. All four will be available to play Sunday against the Pacers (11 a.m., Channel 9). Thomas had some interesting things to say about Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro and the two seasons they spent as teammates in Milwaukee from 1998-2000. “I was young, full of energy, didn't want to hear anything from anybody,” Thomas said. “Vinny was one of those type of guys who would always sit around and talk to you, break down the game to you, show you how to watch film and things of that nature. Just try to make the game as easy as possible.

Bulls will use eight players against Denver

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 19:51
Brad Miller and John Salmons were both in uniform, ready for action. But the Sacramento Kings apparently didn't complete physicals in time today, which means the Bulls will have to go with eight players tonight against Denver at the United Center. Before a trade becomes official and players take the court in a different uniform, every player involved in the trade must pass a physical or be cleared by their new teams. The Bulls were ready, but the Kings weren't. Drew Gooden, who hasn't played since Jan. 25 with groin and abdominal strains, was one of the players sent to Sacramento, so that might have been a factor. Andres Nocioni and Cedric Simmons also joined the Kings. The ex-Bulls are thought to be meeting with doctors in Sacramento, while the Kings play Friday night in Memphis.

Grading the Bulls trades

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 01:30
The Bulls didn't smack one out of the park, by any means, with their three trade-deadline deals. There were some good and bad aspects, so let's itemize: PLUS – Future flexibility. The Bulls' goal is to field a playoff team this season and next, then still be able to clear enough cap room in 2010 to sign Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire or someone else suitably expensive. Of course, my guess is Toronto realizes Bosh is a goner and makes a trade before he becomes a free agent. The Raptors might wait for next season to see if they miraculously become title contenders before making the move, but it's still going to happen.

Hughes trade leaves little room to re-sign Gordon

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 05:18
UPDATE, Thursday, 1:30 p.m. -- The Hughes trade is about to become official. He's headed to New York for forward Tim Thomas and center Jerome James, two players who won't help much, along with obscure guard Anthony Roberson. Thomas and James both have contracts that expire in 2010, which keeps the Bulls in line for a run a Chris Bosh. But this trade does nothing to trim next year's payroll. The Bulls still have around $67 million in commitments, now to 10 players. The luxury tax threshold was $71.5 million this year and will probably drop since it's based on the league's revenue.

Noc and Gooden headed to Kings

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 16:41
The Bulls sent Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni and Cedric Simmons to Sacramento for center Brad Miller and swingman John Salmons on Wednesday afternoon. Michael Ruffin will go to Portland while forward Ike Diogu is sent from the Blazers to the Kings. The Bulls haven't made an official announcement as of 5:30 p.m., but this one appears to be a done deal. Gooden, Nocioni and Simmons did not accompany the Bulls on their bus ride to Milwaukee this afternoon. A rumor that appears to have some validity is Kirk Hinrich heading to Minnesota for the expiring contract of Jason Collins and some other undetermined player.

No news today, but still hope for a trade

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 01:19
There wasn't much to report from the trade front Tuesday, at least anything pertaining to the Bulls. The possibility of an Amare Stoudemire trade may not be closed completely, but it appears Phoenix has backed off plans to move the all-star forward. There has been no evidence to suggest Toronto is ready to trade Chris Bosh or Utah will deal Carlos Boozer. One trade consummated Tuesday sent former Bulls center Tyson Chandler from New Orleans to Oklahoma City for Chris Wilcox and another ex-Bull, Joe Smith.

Suns change coaches; will they keep Amare?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 02/17/2009 - 01:27
The best way to illustrate why many NBA teams, not just the Bulls, might be wary of trading for Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire is to look at the list of highest-paid players. Here's the list, according to 1. Kevin Garnett, Celtics $24.75 million 2. Stephon Marbury, Knicks $21.94 million (tie) Allen Iverson, Pistons $21.94 million 4. Jason Kidd, Mavs $21.37 million 5. Jermaine O'Neal, Heat $21.35 million 6. Kobe Bryant, Lakers $21.26 million 7. Tracy McGrady, Rockets $21.13 million 8. Tim Duncan, Spurs $20.6 million 9. Shaquille O'Neal, Suns $20.0 million 10. Steve Francis, no team $19.81 million

Paxson story appears to be false alarm

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 17:03
I'm going to go ahead and climb out on the limb today and say the “John Paxson is about to resign as Bulls general manager” bombshell was a colossal false alarm. If you happened to miss it, Peter Vecsey wrote today in the New York Post, “Do I know this to be fact? No. But two people in the know maintain John Paxson will resign as Bulls GM soon after Thursday's trade deadline expires. ... One of the above sources said he wouldn't be surprised if Doug Collins were approached again after the season regarding the coaching job (currently held by Vinny Del Negro) and as GM, or both.”

Tough way for Bulls to hit the break

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 01:03
Obviously, Thursday's last-second loss to Miami was a blow to the Bulls' dreams of finishing strong after the all-star break. They are 5-4 since Jan. 25 with 3 losses by 2 points or less. They could easily have gone 8-1 during that stretch. But they were outplayed for three quarters by the Heat, so the Bulls were asking for trouble. Miami proved in a 90-77 win over the Bulls back on Dec. 26 that it can deliver some defensive intensity. Beyond that, the Heat made more winning plays on Thursday.

Bulls talking about more than just Amare

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 02:28
With a week left before the NBA's trade deadline strikes on Feb. 19, it's tough to predict what will happen with the Bulls. Phoenix power forward Amare Stoudemire remains a possibility. But I keep hearing and reading that there will be a flurry of activity in the final days because so many teams are losing money in this poor economy and are becoming increasingly anxious to dump salaries. That stinks for most of the country, but could be an opportunity for the Bulls. The salary structure is the same everywhere in the league, but the Bulls have a much easier time filling the stadium in a metropolitan area of 8 million than they do in the smaller markets.