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Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: February 18, 2010 4:15 pm
 
UPDATED 4:15 p.m. ET

With Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline upon us, here's some of the latest buzz:

The Bobcats, determined to add an athletic big man to their front court, have agreed to acquire Tyrus Thomas in a deal with the Bulls that would send Acie Law, Flip Murray, and a future No. 1 pick to Chicago, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

Charlotte beat out several other suitors -- New York, Denver, and San Antonio chief among them -- and will have the rest of the season to evaluate the soon-to-be restricted free agent and decide whether to commit to Thomas long-term. Trading Thomas spares the Bulls the embarrassment of losing one of their best players through free agency with no compensation for the second year in a row.

The Bobcats were able to circumvent discussions between the Knicks and Bulls involving a swap centered around Al Harrington. The Bulls, who already have dealt John Salmons to Milwaukee for the expiring contracts of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander, took another step toward freeing up cap room for a free-agent spending spree on July 1. Chicago is off the hook for Salmons' $5.8 million next season and also avoids Thomas' $6.3 million qualifying offer. If they make no further moves by the deadline, Chicago will have cleared $17 million in cap space for '10-'11 -- enough to add one max free agent to pair with All-Star point guard Derrick Rose -- without giving up any draft picks.

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UPDATE: The Wizards completed a minor deal (to you and me) but a major one (to them) right at the deadline, sending Dominic McGuire and cash to Sacramento for a 2010 second-round pick, sources said. The deal slides the Wizards comfortably under the tax line without having to negotiate a buyout with Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

The Grizzlies apparently backed off in their efforts to move O.J. Mayo or Mike Conley, having been rebuffed by rival execs who felt they were asking too much, sources say. But Memphis will receive Ronnie Brewer from the Jazz for a future pick -- a move that saves Utah tax money.

The Bobcats and Pacers discussed a potential swap involving T.J. Ford and D.J. Augustin, with other peripheral pieces involved, in a scenario that went down to the 3 p.m. ET deadline, a sources say. The Bucks dropped out of the mix for Indiana's Troy Murphy, opening the door to Indiana's long-sought plan to divest themselves of Ford. Despite serious discussions, there were no indications that the deal was consummated in time.

Another front-court option for Milwaukee could be the often-traded Drew Gooden. The Clippers are held off on arranging a buyout for Gooden in the event they could flip him for another asset or additional cap relief. But Gooden, traded from Dallas to Washington to L.A., will be seeking a buyout, sources say.

The Warriors decided to keep Monta Ellis, whom they refused to send to Memphis in a larger package that would've included Mayo -- a scenario that was broached about 10 days before the deadline but never gained any traction. The Sixers and Celtics also dropped out of the running for a major deal.

The Suns decided to stand pat with Amar'e Stoudemire, never becoming enthused about any offers they received from Cleveland or Miami. Now, Phoenix will have to deal with the Stoudemire situation all over again this summer, when Stoudemire almost certainly will exercise his early-termination option -- thus forcing the Suns' hand once and for all after two years of deadline flirtations.





  
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Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

I think the Bulls would be best off with Bosh, of any upcoming FAs. Well, except LeBron, but thats just a pipe dream. Pairing Bosh with Noah, and giving Rose an inside scoring presence, something the Bulls have lacked since.......well, since forever, would be ideal. I really hope the Bulls are identifying him as their #1 priority in the offseason.  Wade would be nice too, but I think Bosh would fit in better with the pieces the Bulls have and really put them over the hump.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 6:03 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

The bulls trading away Tyrus was a good idea, too bad we didn't keep LaMarcus instead of trading picks with the Blazers when they were rookies, but I'm glad things are working out, we have Rose, Deng, Noah, and if Warrick is okay coming off the bench, we'll be okay in the future if he decides to stay.  I just hope the bulls can grab a good free agent. 

I think if the Heat haven't done anything so far before the deadline, they are pretty much done for, and Wade will not be in Southbeach next season.  Maybe he'll come back home to Chicago?  We DO need a good SG, and hinrich would be good coming off the bench.

Here's some Scenario starting 5:

C - Noah
PF - Taj
SF - Deng
SG - Wade
PG - Rose

bench - Hinrich, Warrick

OR

C - Noah
PF - Taj
SF - Deng
SG - Joe Johnson
PG - Rose

bench - Hinrich, Warrick

OR

C - Noah
PF - Chris Bosh
SF - Deng
SG - Hinrich
PG - Rose

bench - Taj, Warrick

NOt sure which bench players are actually staying or going just yet, is Acie Law good?  Flip Murray has been known to score, but is he staying?  Joe A. is in the Dleague.  James Johnson going to get anybetter?  He's an unforced turnover machine.  We also got a 1st round draft pick and another 2nd round draft pick from the trades.  Is Devin Brown going to be come our next Jud Bucheler or something? hmmm



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:36 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Since when was Tyrus Thomas considered "one of the best players on the Bulls"? He's a classic tweener and last I checked, simply being athletic isn't enough to make it in the NBA.Guy has tools, for sure, but hasn't figured out a way to use them. But I don't think he was ever classified as one of the best players on the team, more like a guy who never realized his potential.



Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Bulls are going to be looking so good next year, it's insane!!! I hope we get rid of Tyrus, he's poison to the Bull's team. We're going to have Rosey hopefully teamed up with Bosh for next year. Then we'll have Taj(having a great rookie season), Deng, and Noah. That's a hell of a starting 5, not to mention whatever picks we get out of the draft including this one we get from Charlotte hopefully. It's the Bulls in 2010 baby.



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Warrick and Alexander to Chicago for Salmons.



Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Ken,

Espn news has been reporting that the bulls sent John Salmons to the Bucks Kurt Thomas & Francisco Elson? Which report is correct? Any verification that it's Warrick and Alexander not Thomas and Alexander?



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Carlos Boozer might end up in Miami by 4pm, the Heat are desperate for a #2 scoring option behind Wade, and may not wait until next year.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Ken,

Anything going on with the Miami Heat?  It sounds as if their chase for Amar'e is all but over.  Anything else on the burner for them, or are they content to wait for the offseason?

Thanks.


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