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Bulls Trade Tyrus Thomas to Bobcats, Send John Salmons to Bucks

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Last night sharp-shooting John Salmons was told to stay back at the hotel while the Chicago Bulls defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. After the game, it was announced that Salmons (and his $5.8 million player option) had been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Just about a half hour ago the Tribune's K.C. Johnson revealed that the Bulls will also trade troubled forward Tyrus Thomas to the Charlotte Bobcats for Acie Law, Flip Murray and a protected first-round draft pick.

From Chicago Breaking News:

The Bulls sat on the Knicks' offer of Al Harrington for Tyrus Thomas and Jerome James because it didn't involve future draft picks. On Thursday, they found a trading partner for the embattled fourth-year forward.

League sources confirmed that the Bulls will send Thomas to Charlotte for Acie Law, Flip Murray and a protected future first-round draft choice, pending league approval. The NBA trade deadline is 2 p.m. Central.

Meanwhile, the Bulls officially announced the John Salmons trade with the Bucks. Besides acquiring Joe Alexander and Hakim Warrick, there are draft considerations that favor the Bucks.

The Bulls traded second-round picks in 2011 and 2012 and also gave the Bucks the option to switch first-round picks in this June's draft as long as the Bulls' pick isn't in the top 1

"We like the combination of our player talent, cap flexibility and our ability to improve our team this summer in the free agent market," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement.  "This trade is another step in the process of building our team and getting better."

With these moves, the Bulls further confirm that their goal for this year is to be a contender next year. Chicago is in the market for a big name free agent and they're willing to sacrifice in 2010 for a LeBron, a Bosh or a Wade in 2011.

Cross your fingers, Bulls fans, the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy just got a few steps closer to the Windy City.
 

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2 Comments

Alan Thavisouk said:

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Let's hope the plan works. What if no Elite player arrives in Chicago?

Ronnie said:

roffles @ "sharp-shooting"

the bulls gained more than they lost and can still contend in the east. you, me, the guy above me and the next two commenters could suit up and start in the east.

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