The Chicago Bulls are still
pursuing shooting guard Courtney Lee, offering a first-round draft pick
to the Houston Rockets, sources said.
Chicago could make the
offer more intriguing with the addition of the Miami Heat's 2011
first-round pick that the Bulls acquired from Toronto for forward James
Johnson on Tuesday. For now, the Rockets are determined to bring back
size and want Bulls center Omar Asik in any package for Lee.
The Bulls are determined to find a shooting guard before Thursday's deadline.
League exec who has spoken with Bulls says Bulls are still talking to Grizz regarding Mayo. Says isn't close but still talking.
Now you're cooking with gas.
Don't give me Anthony Parker, that doesn't do anything for the team. However, O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee are both guys who can come in and give the Bulls a considerable upgrade. It's easy to imagine the Bulls throwing 2 1sts and absorbing Lee or 2 1sts and Bogans in an offer for Mayo.
I doubt the Grizzlies end up biting on Mayo, but the Rockets strike me as a team willing to take a mathematician's view of things and just say 2 1sts are worth more than Courtney Lee given he only has one year left on his cheap contract.
We'll see how if the Bulls pull anything off at the trade deadline, if they do, I expect it to be Courtney Lee coming back to Chicago. For a role player, Lee is the absolutely perfect fit. Good shooter, can put the ball on the floor some, great length, good defense, nice combination of youth but with experience, and he's a great locker room guy.
All the reliable rumors, to me, point to Lee as the guy the Bulls would really like in an ideal world, we'll see if Houston is willing to budge.