Latest Bulls trade rumors: O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee

Per yahoo sports:

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.

Per K.C. Johnson's twitter (yesterday):

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.

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  • OJ Mayo would be the guy I would want for this team. I agree with Doug that Memphis would probably want more for him. Lee is ok but Mayo is definitely a better upgrade. I'm excited to see what's gonna happen.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I want Mayo too! Give them 3 1st for him if thats what they want.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!!! Noah is back baby! Looking forward to tonights game. Should be a W for us...hopefully Noah looks good and energized.

    As for the deadline....exactly if anybody is sitting out tonight....they are gone. I want Mayo. Lee is alright, i think you can find better in Free Agency then Lee.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    once again, free agency is not really an option

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    The MLE, in all likelyhood will still exist under the new CBA according to most projections. Talk of a legitimately hard cap and the end of the MLE are just banter, the bigger changes will come with teams ability to keep players they draft in order to dispel future Melo/Lebron situations. Look for a hard push from the owners for a franchise tag as well as decreases in Max contract numbers. Also look for the veteran pay scale to come down from its ridiculous numbers ie Rashard Lewis being the second highest paid player in the NBA, Melo making 24 mill a year his final year.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    I agree about a hard cap, but I think the MLE, at least in its current form, is pretty much over

    I also don't see the players union accepting franchise tags

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Any chance the Bulls could get Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets for a couple of 1st rounders? Or a first-rounder and Asik? He can play the 2-guard, and he has been shooting the three pretty well this year (35%). How scary would a Rose-Chandler-Deng-Boozer-Noah lineup be?

    I know a lot of people might think he can't defend 2-guards at 6'8", but he spent the majority of last season playing the 2, and held his opponents to a 14 PER when playing the 2 (82games.com). Plus, that's with D'Antoni, think about what he could do in Thibideau's D!

  • In reply to npr1998:

    The view I've heard from Knicks fans is that Chandler's improvement this season is largely because he's stopped playing the SG position and is now spending all his time at SF/PF. He's not a SG at all even if he used to play there.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Bulls may have to give up Asik, hopefully not cause his size is too important but may have to. Is Lee worth giving up two 1st draft picks for? Mayo would be the preferred choice but with Gay out chances are slim. Forget Parker, the guy is just too old and not worth a 1st round pick. The next 24 hrs. should be interesting.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    If we still had JJ I would've liked to see a JJ and Asik for C. Lee, Jordan Hill trade, but I guess that's out the window now. If anyone sits out tonight, they may be getting sent somewhere. Kirk Hinrich didn't play last night, I wonder where he might be headed? Atlanta?

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I think OJ Mayo is tough to get with him being a recent top 5 pick.
    It will be a coup if Gar/Pax can pull that off without letting go of any core rotation players like Asik, Brewer,Korver, Taj and Thomas. I think they can find a CJ Watson type or less need of him with OJ.
    I think Taj is tradeable in a way if we can get back another big. I wouldn't touch Asik right now if I were Gar/Pax.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    if bulls dont want to give up Asik, they could offer our 3 draft picks+bogans+thomas for Mayo since bogans and thomas will be useless !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Will probably not work for Mayo because of the quality of the picks except maybe for the Charlotte pick.
    My feeling is these teams not only want a younger player...they want somebody with potential if they are giving up somebody like Mayo, Lee. Asik is the only piece on the Bulls like that. If he was Taj's height...the Bulls would have given him up in a minute...But his potential seems very high and his value would definitely be higher in 1 or 2 years to get a big piece. I also think a team like Minnesota, Utah, NJ might give better value for Mayo because of his potential.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    yeah, u right!

  • In reply to Vedo:

    same here ... give me mayo!

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Mayo or bust

    Give them Asik or Taj with 2 1st round picks

  • In reply to calle3:

    Asik you give up only for a player much better than Mayo. He is too good and too tall. Taj also a no for Mayo with any first round picks.

  • In reply to adocarbog:

    Mayo isn't enough god for you ?! asik is tall but good ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Remember Mayo is more potential than guarantee. I am sure the Bulls like him but he is not a sure-fire success at the SG position with the Bulls and a contender like an Eric Gordon would be. So, do you give up a big who is going to be more valuable definitely for an unsure smaller guy...That's what I am sure the Bulls are thinking

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Eric gordon is better than Mayo. That being said, it doesn't mean Mayo hasn't proved himself yet. in 38 min he averaged 18 ppg the last two seasons. he is definitly a starter-caliber player which I don't think Asik could be.
    The only issue with the deal is Mayo is that bulls won't have enough money to re-sign him at the end of the season and it would mean they lost Asik for nothing. But who knows ? perhaps with Mayo they could win a championship this season, in this case we wouldn't regret Asik.

  • In reply to calle3:

    I dont think anyone is worth giving up our size. Taj and Asik need to stay...I like the idea of picks for Lee. Agree Mayo is prolly to expensive, tho I'd rather have him.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    i wouldn't give up Asik for Lee but i would for Mayo.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    D Will to the Nets wow

  • In reply to Vedo:

    how bout we ship D Waves to Newark, jeez!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Now THAT'S a win/win.

  • In reply to bullswin60606:

    Deron Williams just got traded to the Nets. What's up with everyone coming to the East?

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    damn seriously ??????!!!!!!!!!!!! give the link

  • In reply to deewaves:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6150419

  • In reply to walrus:

    it's getting insane. This is bullshits. It makes no sense for Utah !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I think it was a very smart move by the Jazz they get favors and devin harris when everyone knows Williams is leaving

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    He recently said that he want leaving. I find it stupid because devin harris isnt that good and Favors seems to be a flop and apparently there arent great players in the next draft(so the picks they just got are worthless)

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Never come to such conclusions on young players especially big players like Favors. They need time to grow(look at Aldridge, Noah,Hibbert etc..)..
    And draft picks is just speculation ...you never know.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    excuse me, i wanted to say He recently said that he won't leave utah.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I don't really believe anything Deron Williams says anymore.

    Favors is really raw and I agree he's been disappointing. The one thing I can say is that the Jazz know PFs (Malone, Boozer, Milsap) and they really, really liked Favors. He's got a great chance to develop there. I like the trade for both teams.

  • In reply to walrus:

    i agree, anyway it doesn't concerns ours bulls. Let's get back to our SG spot. lol

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I'm all for that! One day to go. Let's see if the Bulls can pull a rabbit out of their hat.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    actually it does a little bit

    Bulls get the better 2nd rounder this year of Utah or Phoenix. Right now Utah is 3 games better, but will likely fall below the Suns

  • In reply to deewaves:

    This is another example of to not take what many players say at face value. You get it now that they're not always 100% truthful, right? Right? Get it?

    To wit: Wade was never going to come here, and neither was Melo.

    I'm guessing that you're young and maybe still idealistic. But you'll learn that what people say is not always what they mean.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Kudos to Prokhorov
    1. He got his superstar without doing it on ESPN like the Knicks.
    2. He got one viable superstar away from Knicks
    3. He screwed NY by making sure they gave up on their one good young center(not great)
    4. They will have cap space to go after Howard and their pieces(Deron and Lopez) are young and not have been injury prone like Amare.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    +1

    The Nets management simply nailed it...

  • In reply to Hanseatico:

    I'm convinced after seeing Brook this year that he is not longer a great piece. I think he could develop into a role player, but he is sucking this year. Big time regression.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    It's a little premature to call a first year player a flop.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Favors is a rook who was drafted on upside

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    plus one of those picks is 2012 from GS

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Will Deron stay in NJ?

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    I would think so. I mean how do you get a player the quality of Williams, and then just trade him away? Now that leaves Chris Paul for Orlando or New York hopefuls. Though maybe Billups stays healthy/on with the Knicks for the next year or two.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Sorry. I forgot about the extension/signing. You were referring to that not N.J. moving him at some point in the near future.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I wouldn't put it beyond Prokhorov to somehow get another team to end up trading for Chris Paul(Orlando?)by helping the negotiations to screw NY.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I just read that Dwill is not eligible for an extension

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Interesting take from a Nets fan ...

    Prokhorov managed to drive the price up for Melo until NY gave in and gave up just about everything to get him ...

    Then less than 24 hours later, NJ gives up less than that for a better player.

    And yes, I'd agree that DWill is better than Melo. Interesting way of thinking about it.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    You have to appreciate the Bulls FO in a way after watching these two trades(Melo and Deron)... The Knicks by playing in the media in a way(whether it's them or it is Melo) increased the price while Nets got it done quietly and quickly by not driving up the price. Which means, the quieter you keep it from playing in the media...the better value you get.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Agreed ...

    Honestly, I'm sitting here thinking about whether the Knicks could have given up less and gotten DWill instead.

    Would the Knicks have given up Felton and Chandler and a pick or two for DWill?
    Could they have kept Galinari and still gotten DWill?

    Then again, the Knicks did get Billups too ...

    Interesting to consider.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Billups is useless. The Knicks probably are not winning a championship this year or next. After next year, he is done or at the best a 10-15 min backup.
    If Chris Paul comes to NY, then it is worth it. I don't know if they will get him though easily. I am guessing there is going to be a backlash with these two trades now.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    So did NJ just pull one over on NY?

    It's possible.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    You mean a successful Russian zillionaire pulled one over on Isiah? No way :)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think Paul is the better fit in NY. For a PG he's extremely low usage and that can only help him get along with high usage players like Amare and Melo.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I don't think NY is going to have the cap space to sign Paul when he's available.

    I won't completely rule it out, but it's going to be near impossible for NY to also get Paul.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I think so too...or they have to trade plenty of depth to get Paul and start looking for pieces again while Amare's knee's timebomb is ticking. There is a reason you have championships from teams having drafted a superstar much more than the assembly of superstars when they are 7/8 years or more in the league.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    The end of the Bulls schedule just got more interesting ...

    Our last two games are against the Knicks and Nets.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    i dont think the bulls should blow up their team.. but with the team everyone out east is building.. the bulls have to pull a mayo or nothing.. lee isnt going to help us get past the heat,the future nets & knicks and etc EVERY year..

    i was expecting melo to go there any way.. but with the nets making this deal.. next season they would probably be dwight howards most likely destination given the nets can offer 2 1st,lopez & humphries for dwight if he forces out.. and with whats going on.. its highly likely..

    mayo or nothing now.. time for the bulls to realize that other teams are loading up and worrying about 6 year runs with superstars..

    i think injuires have hurt us from being the best team we could be and probably took away the best record out east because of that..

    but its MAYO OR NOTHING.. lee isnt going to help us get past these teams after they finish putting the final touches on their teams..and miami will be probably the best team next season with lebron & bosh starting their first year of there primes..

    mayo or nothing..

  • In reply to walrus:

    Why do Bulls fan tend to overvalue what they have? This has put us in the pack of mediocrity for quite sometime. I believe Taj is a great piece to the Bulls team but Asik? He is worth giving up in order to push the Bulls team even further up. The size we have is there and if anything with Thomas playing so well allows the Bulls to have a 4 man rotation even after Asik leaves. If Mayo can be had with Asik and 2 first you play it in my opinion in an instant.

  • In reply to ChardBull85:

    How do you over-value a young 7 footer with athleticism, and aggressiveness who plays defense, and rebounds in traffic? Lets not forget he's just learning the game at the NBA level and isn't fully developed physically. Thats not easy to find in the NBA. You can't teach size, and in this case he's not some big oaf! The kid can move a little and brings it on a nightly basis. Athletic 2 guards are kind of everywhere. Long term it hurts the Bulls, and short term too as the teams to beat in the East require as much front court help as possible.`Boston is loaded up front as is Orlando with Howard of course. Miami not blessed with a great front court, but thats one area that you can exploit them in as you won't match them on the wing. How do you match Wade and Lebron? You don't. I do like Lee as a guy who can be a Bull for awhile if they did get him. Thats the one thing I like about the possibility over some of the stop gap guys being mentioned. I don't like the all or nothing concept for a guy that doesn't necessarily make you better.

  • In reply to ChardBull85:

    at last somebody who thinks like me. Yes i wouldnt give up Taj but i would give up Asik not for lee but for Mayo. Mayo is a complete 2. he could turn deng into our 4th scoring option. Size is important but Mayo is more important. As u said, there's still 4 big men rotation even without Asik. Thomas isnt tall but is a good defender.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I heard you question Bull fans over valuing Bull players, but you over value other players around the league. O.J. Mayo is a good ball player, but I'd sooner have Lee. He plays better defense, doesn't require starter minutes to produce and is a much better value who can be acquired without giving up anyone from the current roster. Mayo's TO/Asst. ratio sucks and although he was an 18 PPG guy in his first two seasons he required 15 shots a game to get it. He's a 44% shooter. Just about any NBA player can score 18 PPG with 15 shots per. I wouldn't give up an athletic aggressive 7 footer just learning the game for a 44 % shooting guard who has questionable character issues, and plays uninspired defense. Defense is often disregarded by fans like you. Its really important. Especially on this team. I don't think mayo has a chance to make it on this roster with Thibodeau aboard. So you can forget mayo coming here. I can almost guarantee you that won't happen. Bogans has been hitting his 3's and has a history of being good from there. He also plays good positional team defense and doesn't make stupid mistakes that end up in huge turnovers. Something Mayo does a lot of trying to be THE man. Bulls need a role player not a guy who wants to be a star. They have that. Bulls don't really need a shooting guard that badly. It'd be nice, but it isn't a guarantee of making them better.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Seems the Bulls are very active in searching for a SG trade by tomorrow

  • In reply to Edward:

    And with the 2.9 mil. under the cap they can add one of the buyout guys that'll be out there.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I think Paul's knee is a huge worry in New York. Can he really play 40 minutes a night of up tempo basketball?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    and why not, they are going to be his rival after moving to Brooklyn

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    All the talk about CP3 going to NY is hogwash. The Knicks just don't have the flexibility with the cash they're paying to Amare and Melo alone. Doug outlined how their two salaries along with money that goes towards some free agent fine leaves them with 11 million. However, now that I think about it, the max contract values will probably be down by next year, but I highly doubt they drop anywhere near 11 mill.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Bulls have acquired Joakim Noah from injury and he will suit up for tonights game!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Damn you haha!!! I got excited when I started to read your post

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I got excited too!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    I thought the bulls actually acquired someone

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    WOOOOOOOOO what a week an deadline!

    Great job by the Nets and Utah. Nets got DWill and screwed the Knicks. Plus the Nets will have a ton of money for free agents coming up. New York better HOPE Chris Paul is coming there because as you can see...anything can happen. Utah sends DWill on his way now before they run into a Melo/LeBron situation. Great Job both teams.

    As for the Bulls......I really want Mayo. First 2 years in the league, he averaged 18ppg. I would give Asik up for him. And Im a huge Asik fan. I cant wait to see what happens!!!!!! Lee is alright too, but i wont give up Asik or Taj for him.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    If NY does clear enough space and Dwight doesnt go to NJ

    CP3 at the point and Dwill at the 2?

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    plus 2 high 1sts

  • In reply to deewaves:

    they knew he was going to leave, wanted to get the best possible deal, and they did

  • In reply to walrus:

    The Nets acquired D. Williams waaayy too easy. I hope the Bulls can snag Mayo, Lee, or somebody else off the radar like that.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Williams was never planning on staying here

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Utah Sports Radio is funny ... ;-)
    Hyperventilation. Breathe people ...

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Just read this from Steve Luhm, who I believe is a Utah writer..."source last week told me Deron was in "a league of his own" as far as creating problems"

    Looks like the negative PR campaign in Utah is underway!

  • In reply to walrus:

    Since the Bulls game and Sloan's resignation ... the fan reaction for the Jazz has been extremely polarized.
    Half the fans turned on DWill viciously ... and rightfully so in my opinion ... while the other half still clung desperately to some hope that they had something left, which they didn't.

    Now listening to the fans calls and comments on air is just hilarious.
    Fans are turning on DWill ... as they always do here ... and they are still polarized on whether this trade was any good. There are quite a few of the more logical fans who seem to like the trade.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I kind of like the trade for the Jazz. If I'm a PF, Utah is a place I'd like to play. Favor's got a real chance to reach his potential there. And Harris isn't as good as DWill, but he's a more than adequate replacement when you consider all the building blocks Utah got in this deal.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Wow, here we go.....weeeeeeee

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    sorry, but after seeing how they treated Boozer, and all the Bulls fans at that game, they deserve this

    I however think they got something that will help them rebuild very well in a couple of years

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed ... on both counts.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Ya jazz fans are the worst in the league at turning on players karma is a bitch

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    ALL-STAR PG FOR THE EAST:

    Good luck figuring that out next year.

    - DRose in CHI
    - DWill in NJ
    - CP3 in NY...that's going to happen.
    - Rondo in BOS

    How fun is that?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    CP3 is not going to New York

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    It's funny how Happy says authoritative things like CP3 in NY..is going to happen, some kid in Purdue will be a Bull. I like his clear cut vision;-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    CP3 isn't going to NY. If anything we might see a dwight/cp3 union, but NY seems out of the ballpark unless you trade anthony.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    at least the guy has conviction

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Remember, Happy is the same guy who said on these comment threads that he would trade Derrick Rose for Evan Turner 30 games into last season.

  • In reply to WearShades:

    Wow, are you serious? That's not just stupid, that borders on insanity.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Are the Bulls playing with Houston by talking to Memphis about OJ Mayo and driving down the price of Lee(who they probably really want)...
    If they can convince Memphis of giving Mayo without Asik or Taj, then Houston has to come down for Lee!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think you're right, its a poker game after all

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    hey guys, I've just realized that Mayo in our team could turn Deng into the 4th scoring option. That'd be awesome. Deng I like u but u're too inconsistent. When u see that from that angle, it worths giving up Asik for Mayo. Don't forget even without Asik there still 4 big man rotation (noah,boozer,taj,thomas).

  • In reply to deewaves:

    But Thomas won't be in the NBA much longer and Bulls are building around Rose who is 22. Bulls will not trade the 24 year old Asik for a SG. Bulls will acquire whichever SG they can get without giving up either Asik or Gibson.

  • In reply to Edward:

    If we can win a champioship this years, it would be great. let the future worry about the future. Trust me Asik is replaceable.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    You want to trade Noah for Melo and Asik for Mayo and run with Thomas, Thabeet, Boozer and some other big. You need to rethink your idea of trading productive bigs...The Bulls are running a business..they will never trade young cheap bigs like Noah, Asik for no value...It is impossible to get an average big,if you get an above average big..you are contending.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    then minnosata and milwaukee are contending ??? lol
    you call Mayo no value ??!! u're kidding me !
    u act like Asik has the same level as Noah.

    I'll grab somebody tall in a street who has never played basketball. i'm for sure u will make him untradable if u're a gm.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I give up!!! I never said Noah and Asik are same.
    These guys have contributed and know how to contribute to a contending team. Bogut and Love are great bigs but the other pieces are not as good as the Bulls. The Bulls are a much better team but taking away vital big pieces is not the way I would go about building a team. Mayo is good but has not played on a contending team yet and you never know what happens to such people when the lights turn on in a big city unlike playing in Memphis.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Just saw that the Kings traded Carl Landry for Marcus Thornton...not that I care about those teams or those players all that much, but it got me thinking that it took a pretty decent big to pry lose a scoring SG. Does this mean the Bulls have little chance of acquiring a decent SG without giving up Gibson or Asik? If that's the case, it looks like nothing much will happen by tomorrow since the Bulls have no intention of trading those guys.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Also, saw that Charlotte on probasketballtalk.com that Charlotte traded Gerald Wallace for basically scrubs(no Batum, Aldridge). That means the Charlotte pick got more valuable and also no worry about Charlotte matching up for the Bulls:-)

    To your point...I think Landry was a goner in Sac with his expiring deal. I hope you are wrong on your theory though.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Nice, looks like Charlotte is tearing things down.

    True about Landry. It's a different situation than our bigs. Now what about Houston? They were said to want Landry and were willing to trade Lee for Asik...seems to me they could have offered Lee for Landry. But I guess Sacramento could be gambling on upside with Thornton rather than go with a solid role player.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The Bulls have always been outstanding about playing their cards close.
    But come on, please throw us a bone.
    Please at least give us something new to comment on.
    I'm jonesing here. I'd even take a Rasual Butler rumor.
    I keep checking for news. Nothing.
    I'm in bad shape, anything, anything!
    I'm hurtin.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Melo just said this: "We sat down as a collective unit and came out with this decision, that New York was the place to take my talent."

    Sounds a little like LeBron getting together with his people and taking his talents to South Beach, doesn't it?

  • In reply to walrus:

    Did he mention championships?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I will not give up Asik for Lee....Lee isnt good enough.

    I will give up Asik for Mayo though. I dont care that the dude is a knucklehead...hes playing with a bunch of knuckleheads in Memphis. Get him on a good team with good veteren players and OJ Mayo could be your starting SG for the next 5-7 years possibly. You then just need to find another BACKUP bigman through draft or free agency, overseas.

    Im a big fan of Asik...but its probably going to be another 2 years or so before he can really give you great minutes night in and night out. In the playoffs...i can see him just being a foul waiting to happen knowing how the refs treat superstars.

    Rose, Watson
    Mayo, Brewer
    Deng,Korver
    Boozer,Taj
    Noah, Kurt Thomas

    Heck of a team there....just need to find a backup big that can give you 6 good hard fouls and adjust shots. Bulls have some tough decisions to make here in the next 24 hours!!!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    We'll see if Asik plays tonight or is benched for a pending trade. Kurt Thomas was the center off the bench. Asik did not play in the 1st quarter.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Scottie Pippen will join Stacey king and Neil Funk on March 4 as an analyst, and every Bulls playoff game thereafter. Sounds great, I am a huge Pippen fan and I have liked the analysis he has done before for ESPN or TNT, I cant remember which.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Landry had regressed in Sacramento, is 27 and an unrestricted free agent, I don't think he's very valuable.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    CJ Miles is only 6-6 hes kinda small for a SF could he play the 2?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Interesting morning for me. Turned on ESPN Radio and heard Steve Kerr on as a special guest discussing Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The host , obviously all giddy over the Knicks pulling off the trade and looking ahead to them in the playoffs asked Kerr what he thought would happen if the new Knicks faced off with the Bulls in the playoffs. This question was put to Kerr taking into account both teams' current placing if the season would end today.
    The guy was obviously hoping Kerr would say something like "That would be one big problem." But Kerr dismissed the possibility of an upset by predicting a blowout in Five games for Chicago. He said the Bulls' defense headed by Noah would be spectacular and the offense with Rose would be hard to contain. He said he's very high on the Bulls come playoff time.
    Although Kerr is a former Bull. he's a former GM of the Phoenix Suns and tells it like it is. I was very impressed.

  • In reply to Normie:

    Hell ya I have always loved Kerr

  • In reply to Normie:

    Smart man that Steve Kerr.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I think maybe the Bulls can even hold on to these picks and trade up in the draft with a player being shipped out to acquire a mid to late lottery pick. Sometimes all you have to do is put yourself in a place where luck can find you and thats what the Bulls could potentially do. Remember Kobe, Melo, Derron and many more superstars didnt go #1 in the draft. In the NBA its about putting yourself in as may situations you can for luck to strike for you. Not a conventional thought but another idea on what to do.

  • In reply to ChardBull85:

    Yes, if Bulls don

  • In reply to ChardBull85:

    yes, I like that flexibility too

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    but if it were me, I'd roll both of those late 1sts, and the 2nd, into future picks

  • In reply to deewaves:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/TrueHoop/post/_/id/25275/whats-next-for-the-utah-jazz

    Maybe a three way with Utah?? Or get CJ Miles?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4resnco

  • In reply to Edward:

    Pretty shocked about D-Will, we will be on ESPN Radio in 30min breaking it down. HOU thought they had a deal, almost sent DWill to SAC

    Ryen Russillo, ESPN Radio

    Maybe thats why HOU was holding out on a trade for Lee ? Now that it fell through maybe we can get him

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I love the quiet negotiations. Who knew D Will was even getting shopped? Love it, no time for fans to get worked up.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    As opposed to the obnoxious daily coverage of a player who isn't even as good as Deron, Carmelo.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Deng would still be the #3 scoring option. He would be out there for more minutes, and Tom calls iso plays for him sometimes. Mayo would play probably 24-28 minutes, they wouldn't remove Ronnie Brewer completely from the rotation. He's too much of an impact player on defense. As much as your unfounded and naive frustration with Deng must be, Deng remains one of the Bulls very best players and is a better player than Mayo. Thats just a fact. Luol plays both ways and slashes to the hoop. Mayo would be a spot up shooter on this team.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    ^^ Like!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I don't see any reason to believe Mayo is a better offensive player than Deng.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    MrHappy says CP3 to NY, now I'm relieved that there's no chance it will happen.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Exactly. I can now officially cross that "assurance" off the list.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    OMG Ronnie Brewer is having a terrific night.
    Livin in the lane Raps can't make a pass.

    No Asik!
    Very interesting.
    I've thought he wouldn't be traded, but now I'm wondering if he's an Elvis fan.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Omar sighting

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    While pursuing a new SG, Bulls must be aware of giving D-Rose his max extension next season and how the new CBA may impact it and the new SG

  • In reply to Edward:

    What about the bird rule? If they just wait for them to become FA's and the bulls are contenders they should have no problem resigning them? Right??

    I like Lee because we could get him for less and he is ready to contribute now

  • In reply to Edward:

    Whatever happens with the new CBA I can't imagine that bird rights aren't still included so the only barrier to resigning any of these guys would be willingness to pay luxury tax. I think here is where JR has to step up, he's said he'd pay for a winner, and if this team doesn't qualify then we're screwed, short of landing another MJ the Bulls will never spend.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It's not about imagination. The point is the new CBA is an unknown and Bulls will not put themselves in the precarious position of having to extend both D-Rose plus an expensive SG without knowing in advance the rules of the new CBA.

    Their running a half billion dollar business, we're just fans.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    It just got a lot harder to make the all-star team in the East

    I think these latest 2 trades officially tipped the scales of the balance of power, for the first time since the 90's its in the East's favor

  • In reply to calle3:

    As they say... it takes 2 for tango...

    I bet Bulls would love to get OJ Mayo, but if Grizzlies want Taj or Asik in return that is a no go in my opinion. You win in the playoffs with size, not shooting guards (unless they are named Kobe or Wade...).

    Why would the Bulls cover the SG position - and be left with a short big rotation... Crazy.
    If that is the price, Bulls are smart to go for Lee. Give them draft picks only - and we will have a roster ready to rumble

  • In reply to Hanseatico:

    since noah's injury, we've played well with only one tall(Asik). In the playoffs we could play with only one tall(Noah) and a good SG(Mayo). I know Asik size is important but he is not used a lot by Thibs. So why keep him on the bench whereas we could replace him for mayo ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    The playoffs are a lot different than the regular season.. Look at the past champions... LA - Gasol, Bynum, Odem....

    Cavaliers had good wing players they kicked ass in the regular season and got raped in the playoffs

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    i still think Asik won't play in playoffs most of all. so will bogans.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    There is no way GarPax are trading Asik or Gibson for a SG. Deep frontlines are too important in the playoffs.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I definitely think Utah got hosed unless Favors turns out to be star or one of those picks garners one. Devin Harris' is not the player he was. His numbers are down the toilet shooting 30% from three and .423 from the field. Yikes.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I disagree.

    I think Asik will get minutes, maybe even significant time in the playoffs, especially against teams with big front lines, like Boston and Orlando. On any given night, because of foul trouble, injury, or the need to matchup, Thibs will Asik in several situations.

    Just watch. He'll be used, and I think he'll be effective.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    +1,000

    and against Miami too, to kill them with size

    in the playoffs you need bigs, and you need the fouls they bring

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Asik will harass Bosh to the point of tears.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Noah/Taj have a tendency to get into foul trouble and Asik will be valuable in the playoffs. Off-course, if Noah is not in foul trouble...yeah, Asik might be a luxury.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Noah doesn't have foul trouble problems at all. He is only giving up 3.1 fouls per 36 this season, that's an amazingly low number for someone who goes hard on defense and the boards like he does, and why he was able to play 40 minutes a night before he got injured.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    But you get the idea if he is going against Howard, Shaq types in the playoffs...Asik will be valuable to sub Noah for a few minutes here and there to keep Noah fresh and at the end of the game...

  • In reply to calle3:

    RUMOR HAS IT:

    This could go down.

    http://tinyurl.com/4ca754q

    * C. LEE is from Indiana and Houston wants O. ASIK.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What Rumor? MappyLand Rumor? So in essence the Pacers would be moving George for Lee, yet George is younger, better, and under cheap control 3 more seasons than Lee. All to help out a division rival.

    Get real idiot.

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    Jon,

    PG wants to be on the Bulls, CLee is from Indy and Houston wants Omer.

    The Bulls could trade a #1 to Indy and HOU as well.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    so u really think that indiana will get Lee just because he's from indiana ?? get real man.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    C'mon Happy...George is a first year player and not a superstar. He has no say where he wants to be.
    Lee has no say either wherever he is from unless Larry Bird thinks he is a great fit for them.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I don't think Paul George is really in a position to be calling the shots, but that was funny at least. Same with C Lee. And if you're from Indiani, it seems much less likely as you'd want to return to that stink hole

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    People from Indiana aren't proud of it, trust me I went to Purdue... kids from Northwest Indiana(the region) act like they live in Illinois they are so embarrassed.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    you think everyone wants to be on the Bulls. and that if someone wants something they automatically get it. stop you random trade ideas that no one besides you is talking about

  • In reply to jpbaker81:

    Deron Williams gone in the wake of Jerry Sloan's in season resignation..?! Wow. Either the scrutiny/blame/embarassment over Sloan's departure on account of him(perceieved) was too much or he already wanted out..? I was just looking up Devin harris numbers as he was rumored in trades to Dallas, and they suck. He shoots 30% from three and .423 from the field. And Favors to me is a huge question mark as far as an offensively skilled player/future star.

    I definitely would have wanted more then that for D-Wil as they call him. I wonder what G.S.'s role in this just picks or any of their guys also going to the Jazz?

    It's going to be interesting from now until the deadline. I just wish if the Bulls were going to do anything they'd get it done now instead of having to wait. But I bet nothing will happen until Thursday/near the deadline.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What about Arron Afflalo in Denver? Never liked the idea of J.R. Smith but Afflalo would be perfect.

  • In reply to jamatokwu:

    That would be ideal

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    IMO we should offer for a good SG our 3 first picks(cha,chi and mia) + bogans and thomas. we could get back a good SG(mayo, smith, gallaniri ...) for that package. With Noah and Asik, Thomas won't help us anymore, it would also be a good way to never bogans again. i know chemestry is important but it wouldn't hurt to loose Thomas and bogans.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Gallanari isnt a SG and they arent moving him. The Bulls don't want smith and he isn't worth 3 picks.

    It seems like Lee is the most likely guy if we get anyone

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Gallanari isnt a sg ok, then what is him ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    A 3-4 SF or stretch 4

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    a 3 which can't drive ?? a 4 with no low post-moves ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    He's like 6-11 dude. Give it up. He is slow as hell, not going to play SG.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    You just described 80% of the 3s/4s in the NBA.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Can't drive? He gets to the line a ton, he's an excellent driver, at least in the context of D'Antoni's system where players mostly drive after their defender hedges to help. I'd say so far this year it's his ability to drive that has been his primary offensive skill, his three point shooting has been shaky.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Danilo Gallinari? ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vMCTgGjTRA&feature=related

  • In reply to walrus:

    Sorry, Reign Man is already taken by Shawn Kemp. ;)

  • In reply to deewaves:

    It strikes me as interesting that Houston is supposedly interested in Zach Randolph who is said to be being shopped by the Grizzlies.

    It's hard to believe Memphis is serious about a playoff push this year if they are pursuing a salary dump of such a dynamic rebounder/scorer/focal point of the team's offense. With Houston's surplus of guards could Lee be potentially involved in the deal thus making a more economical SG with upside while also then ridding the Grizz of the major extension coming up with the disgruntled at times O.J. Mayo?

    I wonder if there's any liklihood of a three team deal involving the Bulls where we offload numerous picks to an apparently retooling Memphis along with a positional player(I'm thinking we would have to give up something besides draft picks for O.J. Mayo)?

    If the Bulls are intent on a contender's push this year then they wont budge on parting with Taj or Omer(due to the need for quality bigs depth in the playoffs). Which probably means the only trade they could make is adding Parker for that three point shooter/scoring we will surely need in a sucessful playoff run. It sounds like K.C. from Doug's podcast seemed very interested in Parker not as a replacement for Bogans as Doug keeps implying, but as that three shooter off the bench every sucessful playoff team needs. Bogans and Korver will have off nights as we've seen, and we simply have to have another three shooter IMO.

    But what about saving the approximately $3 Mil the J.J. move cleared for picking up a buyout such as Tayshaun Prince?? If Tayshaun can cover SG's(of which I have serious doubts) he'd be very valuable. Even still he's the stretch three/four who has shown he is clutch/performs in the playoffs. I was shocked when I looked at his numbers, and at 14ppg his field goal percentage was still at .475 along with nearly 40% from three. He's only 30.

    I think I'd have to prefer picking up Parker now rather then hoping someone valuable/useful emerges from a buyout. Unless it's legal to have some quid pro quo between Joe Dumars(he's still running the Pistons?) and Pax(Gar) where Joe gives the heads up that he is buying out Tayshaun(and Prince wants to come here/a contender), and we affirm we will make a draft swap or some other beneficial deal with him in the near future? But I'm pretty damn sure that would consist of tampering/collusion what have you correct me if I'm wrong Doug/somebody?

    So barring a buddy deal like that do you wait to see who shows up on the buyout market so you give up no assets? Or do you take the sure thing in Parker? I just don't think we are going to get Lee or O.J. without parting with Omer and Taj.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I meant Omer OR Taj not and

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I was reading that Jo doesn't want to get rid of Prince and wants to offer him an extension after the new cba is figured out

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Yeah, I just read the same thing. $11 Mil is a lot of money after all. Knowing the Bulls who seem to take their time/wait right up until the deadline didn't they with both the Salmons and Ben Wallace/Drew Gooden trade..? So very possibly we won't know anything until close to the deadline what is it Thursday afternoon at 3pm or something? Unless they are involved in a three way trade or soemthing. I hope if we don't get Lee they at least get Parker for the playoffs for scoring/three point shooting off the bench when Korver and Bogans are cold.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I think the Bulls have Parker in their back pocket for a 1st round pick or just absorb his salary kind of like they had Boozer last summer and will wait until the last minute for Lee/Mayo. I think if Randolph works out for Houston..it is possibly a good thing for the Bulls. The Rockets are happy for now they get their Center and might be willing to deal Lee for picks or Memphis might be getting a backup for Rudy Gay(Houston has a ton of wing players) and might be ok with picks for Mayo..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Nice post. I hope you're right on Parker in their pocket like Boozer. Though obviosuly I'd be more amped about Mayo or Lee. But like I said before if we at least get Parker "I'm down with it"

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Sorry I was also going to say it will be interesting to see if a Houston/Memphis deal does go down with Randolph. Could definitely change the equation in the Bulls favor for Lee or Mayo.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Interesting Schaum, this may well be the case with regard to Parker. He's obviously a last resort for us, but with the Bulls determined to add a shooter/defender, Parker fits the bill once other options are exhausted.

  • In reply to walrus:

    Right Mitch.. er scratch that, John(kidding). If we just end up with that three shooter off the bench for the playoff run/playoffs I can deal with that. But of course Mayo or Lee would make it a whole new ball game/be much preferred.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    LOL...totally agree. It'd be a disappointment if that's all we got. Sounds like the Bulls are trying...looks like we'll be waiting until the final moments.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Mike Miller not playing tomorrow .....

  • In reply to walrus:

    Interesting morning for me. Turned on ESPN Radio and heard Steve Kerr on as a special guest discussing Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The host , obviously all giddy over the Knicks pulling off the trade and looking ahead to them in the playoffs asked Kerr what he thought would happen if the new Knicks faced off with the Bulls in the playoffs. This question was put to Kerr taking into account both teams' current placing if the season would end today.
    The guy was obviously hoping Kerr would say something like "That would be one big problem." But Kerr dismissed the possibility of an upset by predicting a blowout in Five games for Chicago. He said the Bulls' defense headed by Noah would be spectacular and the offense with Rose would be hard to contain. He said he's very high on the Bulls come playoff time.

    Although Kerr is a former Bull. he's a former GM of the Phoenix Suns and tells it like it is. I was very impressed.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I think you boys & girls screaming for a Mayo trade should have in mind = Bulls are TOP 3 in Eastern conference.
    This team is VERY VERY GOOD. You don't gut that team for a guy that obviously is knucklehead, and is coming out of a Suspension for taking drugs. HELLO

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Good point about Randolph to Houston, that could very well end their demands for our interior players.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Prince would flourish in a winning atmosphere.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Pistons have been saying all along that they want to keep Prince. I'm inclined to believe them, he's an expiring who can still play decently well, if he was available he'd be being shopped heavily and be in all kinds of rumours.

    Personally I'd throw in Taj in a deal if we had to. There's not really minutes for both Taj and Asik when the team is at full strength so I think you can let one go if that's what it takes to balance the roster. I really think the options are going to be more limited after the deadline due to the new CBA so I'd feel better about getting it done now.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    i wonder why the grizzles want absolutly Asik whereas they have his clone(Hashem tabeet). The beet is taller than asik, a better defender but barely plays. why do they want another Tabeet ??

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I think the Griz want Taj and the Rockets want Asik

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    ok, if so. I wouldnt give up Taj, never never lol

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Thabeet sucks. Asik has better hands and feet, and he also possesses a brain.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Gallo IS NOT A SG.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    why the pacers would deal paul goerge for Lee ? they loose in that trade.

  • In reply to calle3:

    Good luck JJ...

    Just wanted to wish James Johnson good luck. He came back this year 25 pounds lighter, but could never earn his way into the lineup.

    And now we get a 2011 1st round pick for JJ.

    I hope the Bulls upgrade at SG, but I also hope they keep Omer Asik. People do laugh at me, I like the the big Turk. I know he isn't a Bill Cartwright, or even a Gortat, but I like Asik.

    With Taj Gibson joining the 2nd string and combinine Omer Asik, it's going to be pretty hard scoring in the paint against the Bulls 2nd string. I predict the Bulls 2nd string is going to beat up on most other 2nd strings as we come to the playoffs.

    Anyway, thanks JJ and good luck.

  • In reply to calle3:

    I like Mayo and Lee.. but I don't wanna lose Asik. I think Lee / Asik is better than getting Mayo but losing our interior depth. Besides, there has to be a reason why Mayo doesn't get starter minutes in Memphis.

    Parker does almost nothing for us at this point. Don't shake up that locker room if it's just to add Parker.

  • In reply to calle3:

    glad you're not running the team

  • In reply to Vedo:

    And I sure hope they're not letting Thibs run this organization. They need to get the best players not Thibs guys. Bogans, Scal, and Lucas our all Thibs guys... Mayo > Lee

  • In reply to calle3:

    they need his input, or he won't play the guys then you have a situation like they had with JJ

  • In reply to Vedo:

    +1

  • In reply to Vedo:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Magic-could-bring-in-Grizzlies-Randolph?urn=nba-325193

    Is anyone worried about the Magic getting Zebo?? And Mayo is on the block

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    The Grizz still have to worry about keeping a reasonable amount of people in the stands, and with Gay out I can hardly see them shedding Zebo and Mayo, but you never know.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Heat-trading-Mike-Miller-?urn=nba-325173

    I dont see anyone giving up a good center for Miller they might be able to get a PG but he is in the first year of a 5 year contract I dont see him going anywhere

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    They wont get a good center, but they can get one thats better than what they have now...Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry, Darius Miles... Catch my drift? They are pathetic down low.

  • Expect to get a hint if someone is out for tonight's game vs. Toronto.

  • +1

  • Agreed ... I don't think it was all planned out, but it sure looks like the Nets made a steal under the Knicks noses.

  • Very true.

    You have to assume that Prokhorov will be waiting for DWill at the gate ... ready to fill his ears with talk of which other Superstar he's going to bring in to pair with him.
    He absolutely HAS to know that he's got the sell DWill on a future high playoff team in NJ ... or he'll probably lose him after next year.
    Will be fascinating to watch.

  • CHICAGO GETS : O.J MAYO, GREIVIS VASQUEZ & HADDADI

    HOUSTON: OMER ASIK AND BULLS 2011 1ST & 2ND

    MEMPHIS: COURTNEY LEE,HOUSTON 2011 1ST,BULLS 2012 1ST, & CJ WATSON

    THE BULLS GIVE HOUSTON A 1ST SO THAT HOUSTON CAN SEND THEIR DRAFT PICK THATS HIGHER THAN THE BULLS TO MEMPHIS..

    Chicago now has their team set in stone until boozer starts to decline..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    This would be a horrible trade. I hope this didn't actually happen. 3 picks and CJ Watson, Omer would be a disaster. Especially when we would have 3 sg's

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    another typical fan who thinks its too much..

    ala new york who just caved in their team.. they still got their piece.. you think miami cared about any role players when they were going into free agency?

    a 2nd rounder is nothing.. our 2011-12 pick will be nothing because we will have great records.. so whats your point? you can find a omer asik faster than a oj mayo.. im not talking mayo up to be what he was hyped to be.. but even as what he is now.. its better than asik.. cj is worth next to nothing when you get oj.. the grizz arent stupid this guy is a 18-20 point scorer.. and your saying thats too much? we keep taj,brewer,korver and one of our centers and you say no to a guy who possibly crack a all star team one day? look at deng he couldve made it and mayo is just as good as eric gordon but didnt have the front office turn on him because they want to save money.. mayo is a absolute steal who ever we give up if its not even a starter or our 7th or even 8! best player.. you crazy..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    lee isnt going to make ys better than mayo.. im sorry..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    You're retarded. You can come back here and tell me im wrong when these 'awesome moves' where teams blow up their teams for a big player wins a title. New York isn't winning a title. Miami isn't winning a title. Maybe your strategy is good for filling the seats, but little else.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    lmao so miami isnt going to win a title?

    you got to be a dickhead..
    your truely a hater..
    you think we got a better shot at winning a title over miami?
    seriously stop posting..
    be realistic next time..

    and new york can get chris paul by waiting unlike melo the cba will already be in place..and with chaunceys contract they have the money with them.. they would have to overpay chandler like denver will and chauncey ='s felton.. chandler would have had to been traded because of cap and gallo doesnt equal melo..

    your just being a hater about other teams..

    so your saying miami was stupid for what they did? lmao ..smh you need to stop posting..

  • In reply to Yunqn:

    I didn't say Miami was stupid...I said the Bulls have a more realistic shot at winning an NBA title this year...Miami might pick up someone for the MLE next year and improve their team, but for now they will struggle against teams with big front lines. Look at Miami's record against the top teams in either conference. Also, New York doesn't have the money or the means to get Chris Paul unless he wants to take a significant pay cut, which he won't.

  • I doubt that though...Prokhorov has lot of selling points compared to NY. He will pay for the best facilities, scouts etc..and Deron will be in a bigger market for endorsements with the reduced salaries coming after next year.

  • No way was this planned. How could the Sloan/D-Will breakup have been planned? NJ simply stepped up and seized the opportunity when all the media was talking about Williams being a free agent in 2012.

    NJ has a year to patch things up with Williams and they will be in Brooklyn in a new arena. And NJ kept their draft picks, but included $3mil instead which is chump change for the Russian billionaire. Shrewd!

    Also moved Troy Murphy

  • In reply to Edward:

    Correction, ESPN is reporting NJ sent 2 draft picks to Utah. That makes this riskier without Williams agreement to extend.

  • In reply to Edward:

    True, but I believe that NJ had 3 #1's this year and 2 #1's next year ... so one this year and one next year (if that's the case) isn't a huge hit for them.

  • he's very raw, everyone knew that coming into this season

  • I know! What the hell happened? Can we go back to 2004? The bottom half still sucks at least

  • he can't re-up til July though

    but I have a feeling the Russian billionaire will do everything in his power

  • he's got almost 1.5 years to cool off

  • I agree, sure bigs need time to develop, but a guy drafted that high should show some signs of worth.

  • What did you expect, he's 19. His per minute numbers in rebounding and scoring aren't that far behind Howard and pretty much equal to Bynum (who had a year of NBA experience) at that age. His college block numbers were decent, so no idea why he's struggling in that area in the NBA though.

    I think he's a great prospect and given you never get value for your stars to get him and Harris (a decent player in his own right) plus the picks for Williams is an absolutely great deal for Utah. There's at least some chance they actually win the deal.

  • I don't know, I wouldn't rule out coaching, it's not like Lopez or Harris have played like they're interested this year either. Then when you consider the Nets basically drafted him with the intent of using him in a trade like this rather than developing him for themselves and I'm kind of surprised he's done as well as he has.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I kind of agree on that. I just think Avery Johnson is a horrible coach to play for. He probably now thinks he is a little Russian General.

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