According to a John Hollinger chat
What's holding up Hinrich-Thomas-Boozer-Blazers? Seems like a win-win-win, and gives the Bulls even more cap space in 2010...
John Hollinger (3:57 PM)
want something extra from Portland if they're going to include Tyrus
Thomas, but Blazers don't want to part with their prospects
This is the trade that never ends, and with the Jazz reportedly matching on Millsap, the rumor mill should kick up into high gear again as Portland will look to use their cap space in a new direction.
Rumors about who wants what and who is holding it up have gone in circles forever. So this is the latest according to Hollinger. Personally, if the Bulls are holding up the trade to get another guard it makes some sense.
Imagine a guard rotation of Derrick Rose, Jannero Pargo, and John Salmons. With Luol Deng's health questions still looming and no other NBA caliber guard on the roster (all apologies to Lindsay, but we really don't want him playing any more than he has to), the Bulls would be taking a fairly substantial risk to not get another guard back somehow.
Without knowing Tim Thomas's exact buyout number, it's hard to guess where the luxury tax line is for the Bulls, but they can't add that big a salary after doing a Hinrich/Tyrus for Boozer deal which means the permutations are likely limited.
While I'm still not a large Boozer fan, I'm a fan of this trade which will help create even more cap space for next season while also improving the team for one season making it more likely a superstar will consider us. Just remember, Boozer is the stop gap here, not the permanent solution.