Quick side note, those looking for the normal Sunday edition of the Bulls Beat, I'm putting it off until Tuesday when K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune will be a guest on the show. We're not going to record until the late evening, so it will probably not be out until 11pm or so Tuesday night.
Chicago is still interested in Denver guard J.R. Smith, who won't be
dealt until after the Anthony situation is resolved. The Bulls have
invested a lot of scouting hours in the Rockets' Courtney Lee, too,
though a source said Houston is reluctant to part with him. Another
shooting guard, Cleveland's Anthony Parker, is also on their radar.
Rival executives believe Chicago is a leading candidate to land Richard
Hamilton as well, should Hamilton be bought out by the Pistons.
I like Hamilton an awful lot if he comes after a buyout. There's no way I'm trading for him on that contract, and the amount of salary we'd have to send would make a deal prohibitive anyway.
However, once he's bought out. He's a legit quality SG that would help the team tremendously and fit in really well with us. The only question is whether or not there's a buyout.
As for the rest of the Mannix thoughts, nothing real new. The Bulls don't have great assets to send for JR Smith even if he becomes available, Courtney Lee likely costs too much, and Anthony Parker's not really playing any better than Keith Bogans.