The Bulls stood pat as the trade deadline hit at 2:00 p.m. CST on Thursday. The three most notable deals that fell through were acquiring Courtney Lee from the Rockets, O.J. Mayo from the Grizzlies, or Anthony Parker from the Cavs.
Houston wouldn't budge on demanding a big, Mike McGraw of The Daily Herald tweeted. Their objective wasn't moving Lee, so much as it was acquiring a big man. They wanted Omer Asik and the Bulls rightfully didn't budge.
Lee would be perfect fit for the Bulls as an efficient shooter with size that plays strong defense, but whatever hole he fills would be smaller than the hole left by parting with Asik as he stands, his potential, and the inevitable hole that will be left by the aging aged Kurt Thomas. In all of the noise was the ignorance of the scarcity of a competent seven-footer who's athletic, aggressive, finishes well, and rebounds at such a high rate.
There was a similar was the case for Mayo, as Memphis wanted Taj Gibson with draft picks. To add to the hole-filled-leaving-bigger-hole, the Bulls reasonably saw the acquisition creating another hole on top of losing depth up front. They weren't "convinced Mayo is a good fit next to Rose" and "prefer a better shooter," McGraw tweeted. And, of course, Mayo isn't going to guard anybody.
The largest reported offer for Parker was a second-round draft pick. Whether that offer was elevated to one of the Bulls' four first-round picks over the next two years is yet unknown, but Mary Schmiit Boyer of Cleveland.com confirmed that neither Parker nor Antawn Jamison were being moved.
The Bulls can still pick up a player bought out by their teams before
Mar. 1 and have that player available for their playoff roster. Tayshaun
Prince, who's contract expires after the season and is expected to not
return, is a name out there. The Pistons "believe that Prince is more
valuable in a sign-and-trade scenario," Vince Ellis reports at the Detroit Free Press. It's unknown if the Bulls are considering this option.
In the coming days, more information about buyout negotiations will come out, but frankly, a lot is just too unknown at the moment.
If you want to whine about it, I posted a comparison of all of the Bulls options with some stretches here. I'm surprised we didn't hear Aaron Afflalo's name, but it shows the Nuggets weren't bluffing on how much they like him because he was immune from all discussions in the MeloDrama, as well.
- Deron Williams to the Nets; Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two 1st round picks to the Jazz. I wrote about a bit on Wednesday about what this trade and 'Melo to the Knicks doesn't mean, but applause to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. He drove up the price for 'Melo with no chance of getting him and quickly got a "better, younger, cheaper" star.
- Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder; Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to the Celtics.
OKC was lacking one thing and it was a big one that would keep them in
NBA second-round KO hell: inside, board-crashing nastiness. OKC just got
very scary with this deal.
Green adds scoring to the BOS, but
this is very weird to buy stock in Krstic, Shaq, and Jermaine O'Neal
enough to trade one of the best defensive centers in the game. Perk has
limped around since coming back from knee surgery and a grueling rehab.
Also, his contract is an expiring. I have no clue how OKC pays him, but
obviously BOS had no intention of doing so.
On the brightest side, BOS is rid of Nate-Rob.
- Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers; Joel Przybilla and two future 1st round picks to the Bobcats.
One of my favorite players, Wallace, is in better spot for him and I love
this deal for PDX. That's a nice setup and they cut some fat. There's
no question you start Wallace over Batum, if it comes to that. This should be
- Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to the Hawks; Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, and Maurice Evans and a 1st round pick to the Wizards. Confusing at first because Bibby's shooting so well, but the ATL just got a nasty defender in Kirk, who's actually also shooting well. I'm not sure I like this deal for the ATL, but I get it.
- Baron Davis and a 1st round pick to the Cavs: Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the Clippers. The Cavs said something big was in the works. To this I have three words: EL OH EL!
You see, on Wednesday morning, I jested after reading that Cavs declaration of a "big deal in place": "It's gotta be the acquisitions of Hasheem Thabeet and Baron
Davis, right?" I'm good. Cavs are bad. I win.
- Nazr Mohammed to the Thunder: D.J. White and Mo Peterson (both expiring) to the Bobcats. Yet, another big for OKC.
- Shane Battier to the Grizzlies; Hasheem Thabeet and a 1st round picks to the Rockets. Apparently, Daryl Morey's been drinking way too much lately.
- Aaron Brooks (expiring) to the Suns; Goran Dragic and a 1st round pick to the Rockets. PHX has to think they can sign Brooks and move Nash before next season or this time next year?
- Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cavs; a 2nd round pick to the C's.
- The Pacers want to buy out T.J. Ford's contract; interested parties are the Blazers and Heat. It'd be a huge pickup for either team. Very huge for Miami.
- The Pistons and Cavs agreed to trade Rip Hamilton for draft picks, but couldn't agree with Rip on a buyout. Maybe the quality of the team to which he's going was a factor in lowing his pay? Either way, he reportedly "blew his chance" at getting bought out and being a free agent by busting the CLE deal.
- O.J. Mayo to the Pacers; Josh McRoberts and a 1st round pick to the Grizzlies almost happened. But they missed the deadline.
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