John Salmons being traded, not playing tonight

Per KC Johnson's Twitter:

Bulls management has told Salmons to remain at team hotel as it works to finalize a trade. Won't play vs. Knicks.

Any thoughts on where he might be headed?   We've heard very little about where Salmons might be headed, so it's hard to speculate.   Orlando for JJ Reddick? [dare to dream].

The deal is almost certainly netting the Bulls an expiring contract in return for Salmons.  That locks the Bulls into 2010 max cap space without having to fear for his option.  Odds are the Bulls won't get a real usable player back, but one can hope.

This will likely be a trade about the future and not the present.   I think the Bulls will miss Salmons personally.   He hasn't been great this season, but he's a lot better than Pargo or Brown who will replace him.   The Bulls do have games where Salmons carries a decent scoring load for them, and they don't have anyone who's likely to step up and fill that void given their lack of scorers.

Still, you don't let John Salmons hold the franchise's future hostage with his player option even if it costs you a couple games this year.   Assuming a trade of Salmons for crap that expires, I say nice deal.

The only real question to me is whether or not the Bulls had to pay draft picks in order to get a team to take Salmons.  I'd hope not.   I don't think his salary is bad for his productivity, and if we weren't playing 2010 then I wouldn't be looking to move him.  Hopefully the Bulls found a team who feels the same way.

edit ---- Two of my ideas are killed.
JJ Reddick checked in, so he's not in the deal.
Roger Mason checked in, so he's not in the deal.


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  • I just heard this from my buddy. I haven't the slightest idea where he's going.

  • My guess is maybe for two players...1. One who a smaller contract for next year which will still give room for one big FA next year
    2. Another player who has a small expiring contract.

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    bye bye j-fish, helloooo lottery!

  • I wouldnt be surprised if it's for kyle korver...

  • You are just a little late Doug, but thanks.

  • As I said before, it could very well be this.

    To Bulls: Raja Bell + another player (Morrow or George)
    To Warriors: John Salmons

    Sam Smith told me that the Bulls were talking trade with Golden State.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i would looooove to be getting anthony marrow!! and raja bell??hope this is true

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    One down and one to go. I think Minnesota wants Deng.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doubtful. They don't seem interested in parting with any of their major assets for Deng, which means it won't happen.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    It could be this as well.

    To Bulls: Raja Bell and CJ Watson
    To Warriors: John Salmons

    That makes sense, especially if the Bulls trade away Pargo.

  • With Washington getting Jamison, John Paxson needs to STEP-UP!!!

    He better friggin land two MAX guys!!!

  • DWADE ($16 million) and DLEE ($10 million).

  • I know this is kinda off topic but since the Clippers just helped Cleveland with the 3-way Jamison trade, do you think Cleveland realized that they have probably just helped the Clips become the #1 team to go after LeBron?!?

  • I like Lee too, but my goodness.. some of you guys seem to be infatuated with him.

  • i love the nba .. noone seen this coming lol thats why i never listen to trade rumors.. jamison waa traded to cleveland which means amare is up for miami.. which leaves bosh for us or toronto.. smart move by not trading yet but it shows the bulls office are trying to prove they dont make bad moves or listen to fans.. tyrus for al harrington if jordan hill is in the mcgrady deal... we hve to get to the second round.. we need a backup swing or combo guard cuz of pargo not wanting to be here and is playing like it.. pargo n cash for mason? al for tyrus? two players who can shoot and expire and help us get better for this season...we need the fifth and second round..

  • dont tell that to lebron.. he wants to look as good as possible n the clippers wudd so that.. he thinks he can do anything.. except play in jordans shawdow..theres no history in l.a .. he wudd love that.. griffin,gordan,kaman n davis w lebron n a new coach, max contract,big marker n nice weather ..uhh why wuddnt he?

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    market * lmao

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    David Aldridge just twittered this potential deal: Salmons to Bucks for K. Thomas and Elson.

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