A lot of talk about how John Salmons is not playing tonight because of an impending trade. What's interesting to think about is that Tyrus Thomas is playing tonight.
The reason you don't play a guy you're trading is so that he doesn't
get hurt, or if the deal is actually finalized. If the Bulls knew for
sure they were trading Tyrus would they really risk playing him this
I'm not sure the answer is no, but it seems likely that if they felt he was definitely gone that they wouldn't take the chance.