Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobcats deal done:
Thomas is the athletic power forward the Bobcats have coveted this
season, and gives them a dimension that can surely make them dangerous
come the Eastern Conference playoffs.
As stated when it was a rumor, this is a pick that we'll get between 2012-2014 or not at all if the Bobcats suck bad enough. I still like the deal for the Bulls. Murray and Law give the Bulls a little extra guard depth to make up for Salmons, Warrick slides into place for Tyrus. The Bulls are a bit worse after this trade deadline [as expected], but they do get guaranteed cap space and a future return on Tyrus.
Per Ken Berger:
The Bobcats, determined to add an athletic big man to their front court, are close to landing Tyrus Thomas in a deal with the Bulls
that would send expiring contracts and a future No. 1 pick to Chicago,
a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.
the source cautioned that the details were still being resolved and
that the deal was pending final approval, it appears that Thomas will
secure his exit from Chicago. The Bobcats would then have the rest of
the season to evaluate the soon-to-be restricted free agent and decide
whether to commit to him 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.
KC Johnson, Adrian Wojnarowski, and Mark Stein all have updates about it:
The Bulls sat on the Knicks' offer of Al Harrington for
Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James because it didn't involve future draft
It's possible they've found their trading partner for the embattled
League sources said the Bulls and Bobcats have held discussions
centered on Thomas for expiring contracts and future first-round picks.
still can't trade their #1 in 2010. Maybe it's a possible swap option
with the Bulls, or maybe the pick is a conditional 2012 pick based on
whether or not the Bobcats are able to trade their present pick to
Minnesota or not this year.
However, the Minnesota pick is
conditional for four years, so the Bobcats can't trade their pick due
to the 2 consecutive rule in any given year without creating some kind
of condition to keep the picks separated by a year [which means the
Bulls could get one 2 years after the Wolves, only up to 5 years].
other words, this pick has the potential to suck and the Bulls may not
get one at all if the Bobcats can't send a 1st to Minnesota in the next
three years, since if the Minnesota protection lasted the full four
years, they'd no longer be able to give us one two years apart [can't
trade a pick six years into the future].
The Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks were nearing completion of the
John Salmons trade Thursday morning. However, although the early word
last night was that the Bucks would send Kurt Thomas and Francisco
Elson to the Bulls, sources close to the process told ESPN.com this
morning that there is a "90 percent chance" Milwaukee sends Chicago Joe
Alexander and Hakim Warrick instead.
Why the change? Last night the Bucks were also exploring an
alternative deal that would send Warrick to another team. However,
those talks began to fizzle as the night wore on. If they heat back up
today, then the Bucks can still insert Thomas and Elson (if necessary)
back into the Salmons deal.
KC Johnson has a different take:
Although it's likely Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander are headed
from the Bucks to the Bulls on Thursday instead of big men Kurt Thomas
and Francisco Elson, there's a reason no trade has been officially
League sources said the Bulls were active in the
discussions between the Kings and Rockets that resulted in the trade
sending Kevin Martin to Houston and Tracy McGrady to the Kings.
goal would've been unloading Kirk Hinrich's contract, which stretches
for two more years and $17 million. That would give the Bulls
potentially $30 million in salary-cap space this summer and an outside
chance to sign two maximum free agents.
In those talks,
Hinrich would've gone to Sacramento and Brad Miller and Tyrus Thomas
would've gone to Houston. If that had happened, the Bulls likely would
have opted for Thomas and Elson from the Bucks for help up front.
ESPN's take makes more sense to me since Warrick is the best player in either deal, but if they think Kurt Thomas can fill the gap at center better that makes some sense too.