The Chicago Bulls, as expected, remained quiet at the trade deadline. When looking at the deals Philadelphia was able to get for Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, it's clear why Chicago wasn't a seller.
The 76ers looking to maximize how crappy their roster is while also trying to get something back for players they don't expect to resign dumped Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner.
These trades both seem singularly horrific for Philadelphia. Not that it's my money, but they traded Turner + Allen for a 2015 2nd rounder and Danny Granger (whom they expect to buy out?).
Not only did they effectively get nothing back (Indiana's 2015 2nd rounder has to be expected to be around nothing), but they also took on considerably more salary in the deal than they gave up. All three players are expiring, but Granger makes far more than Allen + Turner combined. It's like they purchased a crappy 2015 2nd rounder for a few million dollars.
The Hawes trade isn't quite so egregious, but again, the 76ers got just a couple of second rounders back for Hawes who's been a quality player.
It's rare that I say at the trade deadline "I wish the Bulls could have gotten in on one of these deals" but DAMN, I wish the Bulls could have gotten in on one of these deals. I'm not sure that I'd want to pay big money to keep Hawes or Turner next season, seeing as that they're rental type players.
However, to get their bird rights and a chance to sign them for 2nd rounders and have Philadelphia possibly bring you under the tax at the same time? Not bad. Of course, the obvious counter point is at this point, the Bulls had nothing to offer that would have satisfied what Philadelphia wanted.
Sadly, if Boozer was expiring, it seems likely the Bulls could have swung him for Hawes, Allen, and Turner by simply throwing in the return they got from the Deng trade. That would have given them an interesting look for next season. However, Boozer wasn't expiring, and the Bulls had no other players who could match salary for the either guy that were expiring or worth giving up in a rental.
Either way, both of these trades are great for the opposite parties. Cleveland has six in a row and quite possibly pulled itself out of the high percentage lottery odds with the streak. The Cavs also have a legit shot to make the playoffs if they continue to play well. In the long run, adding Hawes/Deng may hurt more than help them if they avoid getting a good pick and both players jet, but if Hawes can contribute, they have a shot at making the playoffs.
Have the Pacers done enough to be favorites in the East? It will be interesting to see if Andrew Bynum (added earlier) can give them anything down the stretch, because if Indiana has two monster centers to throw at Miami, it's going to be awfully tough for the Heat.
Adding Turner gives them another athletic, dangerous player coming off the bench, and their depth looks far better than the Heat's at this point. I've still got Miami, because I'm not betting against LeBron, but I'm starting to waver on that one. Indiana might be the best team in the NBA right now, and they got at least a bit better at the deadline without giving up anything.
Trade deadline shows Bulls will be well positioned on draft day
There were no first round picks swapped out at the deadline, a sign that front offices really do believe strongly in the quality of players that will come out of this draft. I think that's rare, especially given the players moved.
That makes it obvious why the Bulls stood pat. It was a buyers market, but Chicago had no capital to buy with. So instead of panic selling they waited. I endorse the move.
What it also means is that come draft day, Chicago could be in a very strong position. If they get the Charlotte pick, then they'll have two picks in a draft everyone wants a bigger piece of. On top of that, they'll have Carlos Boozer's now expiring contract to be bandied about in terms of trading for a star.
Kevin Love should be on the radar again this summer, and if things don't look good for the Wolves in terms of resigning him, then an offer of Boozer + 4 1sts (two this year, Kings pick + Bulls pick next year) could look awfully tempting to Minnesota. Other similar possibilities of trading for a star player will arise.
If the Bobcats manage to fall out of the playoff spot but stay in the pick 11 spot then Chicago's odds of pulling something good off will be even higher, and even if they can't, then their odds of getting real value in the draft will at least increase.
Either way, the signals at this deadline show that the NBA unanimously agrees this draft is stacked, and the Bulls appear likely to have two pieces of it.
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