Look, there's nothing less reliable than "basketball sources". I've scared to post any rumors I hear these days simply for the fact that of all the rumors I've heard through inside sources, not one has actually ever taken place. Most trade rumors are plants by agents, management, or players to try and get leverage in some way. That being said, most of the teams the Bulls have been rumored to be talking to are likely out of the picture in terms of trades.
The Lakers don't want to give us expirings for Kirk, the Bulls don't want to trade him and take back salary. No one else seems interested in Kirk.
The Blazers traded their two expirings for Camby, and though they say they still want to look at Tyrus, it's hard to imagine them doing so unless they give us some incredible package of young players on rookie deals to make up the salary [in which case the Bulls would need to desperately figure out how to shed salary to still have any FA room].
John Salmons appears untradeable which worries me more about his opt-in status though I still think he probably opts out for the simple reason that if there's a lockout, Salmons will be deciding between playing FA at 30 or 32, and negotiating under this CBA or the new CBA. Still, he needs to think he can get 3 years 12 million or something similar in order to make it worth it.
The Bulls have had talks about McGrady with Houston, but that makes little sense given that every source says Houston won't take Salmons or Hinrich back. What's the point then? To give them good expirings for McGrady who may not even be able to play? Right.
I have an extremely high degree of confidence that Tyrus Thomas is not a Bull when this trade deadline is over, but it's looking more and more to me like that's going to be the only move that comes out of it. If so, the Bulls will be skating into 2010 FA hoping Salmons opts out in order to have max room, or giving up on the big three before FA even starts.
Here's to hoping the Bulls have more up their sleeve, and I look like a moron in 40 hours [or so] hours.