Catch n' Shoot: February 23, 2011 -- Featuring 11th Hour Rumors Into Thursday Trade Deadline

Catch n' Shoot: February 23, 2011 -- Featuring 11th Hour Rumors Into Thursday Trade Deadline
  • Real basketball is back. Queue: Baron to Blake and the Del Negros getting spanked:

  • Congratulations to K.C.Johnson! The Chicago Tribune Bulls beat reporter was awarded by the Professional Basketball Writers Association for a feature article on Joakim Noah, published in January 2010.
  • Congrats to Isiah Thomas! "From immortal player to NBA president, GM and coach, Thomas has
    completed his transformation into a two-bit AAU middleman peddling
    contrived influence to a sad, lonely delusional [James] Dolan," Woj wrote Tuesday.
  • The Bulls "have not yet abandoned hope of striking a deal for Memphis' O.J. Mayo," Marc Stein's reporting at ESPN. Without willing to trade Taj Gibson, though, they've abandoned possibility and this story is dumb, right? Well, it is Memphis.
  • The Bulls offered Houston a first-round pick for Courtney Lee. "[Tom] Thibodeau has gained a great influence in player personnel with the Bulls," Spears and Woj reported. "Chicago is still talking to Houston about shooting guard Courtney Lee, a favorite of Thibodeau's, sources said." They added Jersey not wanting Devin Harris anymore is mutual. Also, that NenĂª wants to stay in Denver and the Nuggets "don't plan on trading him," Dallas and Portland are the "only serious suitors" for Harris, Stein adds.

    Interesting is the Hawks shopping Mike Bibby around, Spears/Woj added. They're eyeing Kirk Hinrich, Raymond Felton, and Andre Miller. One rumored deal has Ramon Sessions and Manny Harris headed to the ATL for Jeff Teague.. Of course, parting with Marvin Williams is also of interest, but that requires a team wanting Williams, right?

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