Chicago Bulls: trades

Bulls can out-pitch Warriors for Love

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
By Staff
The report Thursday that the Golden State Warriors are open to including Klay Thompson in a potential trade for Kevin Love might seem like a big blow to the Chicago Bulls' chances of landing the Minnesota Timberwolves star.

But count's Brian Windhorst among those who believe the Bulls still have a legitimate shot at Love, and might even have the potential to make a better offer than Golden State.

"I think the Bulls can make an extremely compelling offer," Windhorst said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I actually think the Bulls, depending on your perspective, could beat the offer that the Golden State Warriors are making with Klay Thompson and David Lee. I think the Bulls could offer a package that is even better than that if you toss in Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. [It would be better] if you include the two first-round picks or at least one first-round pick. Golden State has no pick to offer.

"But I think if you're Chicago you've got to think do we really want to give up a guy like Taj Gibson, who is a terrific defensive player who is signed to a very reasonable contract and a guy like Jimmy Butler. They may actually think they are better off as a team with [Joakim] Noah, [Derrick] Rose and bringing in a free agent like Carmelo Anthony than they would making that trade.

"But however you slice it the Bulls have all of the weapons that you could possibly want at their disposal. If they amnesty Carlos Boozer they are going to have cap space, they have multiple draft picks, they have good young players who are on their rookie contracts, they have a quality veteran in Taj Gibson who would be desired by any team in the league. It is green light city now for the Bulls to make their move. I would recommend, considering the state of the East and considering you have Carmelo Anthony and possibly LeBron James on the market, make your move now."

Check out the podcast to hear Windhorst's thoughts on Anthony looking into Chicago and the Bulls preparing their pitch for the Knicks star.

Teague: I wasn't clicking with Thibodeau

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
Mazzeo By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Marquis Teague kind of had a feeling a trade was coming.

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D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesMarquis Teague says he wasn't a good fit in Tom Thibodeau's system.
"I wasn't really shocked," said Teague, who practiced for the first time Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets. "I knew a lot of changes were being made around there, so I was kind of prepared."

Teague, 20, was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2012 draft. Unfortunately, it didn't work out.

"It just wasn't clicking with Thibs [Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau] the right way," Teague said. "Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future."

What is Teague's style?

"I like to push the ball, play fast, get up and down, play off pick-and-rolls," he said. "Over there, it's more structure and sets and things like that."

Teague might be able to have success in Nets coach Jason Kidd's free-flowing offense.

"I think it's going to be great," Teague said of being able to learn from Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. "I just know I'm coming in here to work hard."

Teague says he has patterned his game after Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Baron Davis, quick guards who can play off the dribble and get into the lane.

Because the deal couldn't be made official until Tuesday (the NBA offices were closed Monday), Teague actually had to dress and sit on the bench with the Bulls on Monday versus the Lakers.

"That was kind of awkward, but I had to do it," he said. "I think they didn't have enough bodies, so they just asked me to do it. I was like, that's fine. [My teammates] were making jokes about it, like, 'How are you on the other team, but you're still here?'"

Bulls still in transition mode

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9
Padilla By Doug Padilla
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Three days after Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls are still trying to pick up the pieces.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged Thursday there are multiple strategies to cover for minutes now available with Deng’s departure, and that their look in Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns won’t necessarily be the team’s identity moving forward.

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Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsKirk Hinrich and the Bulls have a big hole to fill with Luol Deng off to Cleveland.
“We got to move on,” Thibodeau said after practice Thursday in advance of Friday’s game at Milwaukee. “That’s the big thing. That’s the nature of this league. Just get ready for the next game.”

Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell and even Kirk Hinrich will be asked to do their best to cover for the departure of Deng, who led the team in points per game (19.0) and minutes (37.4).

But there is also the internal presence Deng provided, and even after playing one game without him, the Bulls are still trying to come to grips with his departure.

“It’s still strange not having him around,” Hinrich said. “Just coming in today, his locker is next to me here. I had a lot more room today but it was a little just getting nostalgic just looking at it seeing it empty for the first time here.”

What happens with the roster next is anybody’s guess. Both Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy have been mentioned as players who could be traded as the front office tries to revamp the roster in an effort to build a legitimate contender in years ahead.

“I think it’s always a possibility; we know that as professional basketball players,” Hinrich said. “We just try to focus on what we can control and go out there and do the best we can.”

For now, everybody not working in the front office is merely focused on the next game. While attention is being paid to how the team covers the new vacancy on the wing, Thibodeau is considering a new look entirely.

Instead of using Taj Gibson to give Joakim Noah or Carlos Boozer a rest, the Bulls could start using a strategy that has all three of them on the court at the same time.

“Yeah, it becomes more of a power game,” Thibodeau said. “It can work, and the challenge for us is to make it work. You look at what’s the makeup of your team, you look at what the possibilities are and how you can try and take advantage of somebody.

“You might be able to beat a team because of the unique skillset of Joakim and Taj, where they can guard small guys, and you can make it be a power game, pound someone on the board. Maybe you can beat them with your rebounding.”

With the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference before play Thursday, the Bulls would be a playoff team if the season ended today. The reality, though, is that an improved Cavaliers team could knock them from playoff contention, meaning that Deng could help give his former teammates an early offseason.

“You recognize that he got traded within the division, but right now we’re trying to stay wrapped up in what we have going on and what is right in front of us,” Hinrich said. “I think when you stop doing that that’s when you get slippage and don’t play as well.”

Keeping focused on the task at hand also helps to avoid thinking about the friend who is no longer enduring the day-to-day grind with them.

“On a personal level, you couldn’t ask for anything more from a player or a person,” Thibodeau said. “He’s terrific. We’ll remain friends for a long time. I appreciated everything that he gave to our team. I appreciated the type of person that he is. That’s not going to change. He just happens to play for another team now. But we have to move on. Our friendship won’t change.”

No better time to deal Deng than now

December, 3, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
Bulls/PelicansMatt Marton/USA TODAY SportsLuol Deng is averaging 27.4 points over the past five games.
Luol Deng can't play much better than he has over the past week, averaging 27.4 points, 6 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game over his last five contests. That's why there is no better time for the Bulls than the present to deal Deng as fast as they can and get back the best offer possible.

As Bulls general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson watched their team lose a 131-128 triple overtime affair to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, two things should have been clear to them. First, the Bulls, no matter which players are on the floor, still play with plenty of heart without Derrick Rose. Secondly, and most importantly in the short term, the Bulls must deal Deng sooner rather than later.

This team's championship aspirations disappeared this season when Rose went down, so why hang on to Deng now in the final year of his deal? It would be one thing if the Bulls still had hopes to re-sign him in the future, but it's become apparent that Deng doesn't want to give the organization a "hometown discount" and the Bulls don't want to pay Deng anywhere close to the $14 million he's making this season.

With that in mind, the Bulls run the risk of getting nothing in return for Deng if he were to get injured. That should be even more apparent to Forman and Paxson after watching Deng play almost 56 minutes on Monday night.

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Love deal might be best shot to add star

April, 25, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
LoveRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesWould the addition of Kevin Love put the Bulls over the top against the Heat?
CHICAGO -- In the midst of the Chicago Bulls' preparations for Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Grantland's Bill Simmons offered up a reminder that no matter what happens over the next few weeks, the Bulls always must keep an eye on the future.

It's a reminder that the Bulls front office didn't need because it's been their motto throughout this season without Derrick Rose and myriad of injuries to key players.

In the second part of Simmons' annual ranking of the NBA's top 50 players, he comes to the 20th spot on his list: Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He references the fact that Love has an opt-out clause in his current deal that would allow him to become a free agent after the 2014-2015 season. That's when the Bulls become involved, with Simmons noting that Love would very likely opt out of his deal. Simmons believes the Bulls are the likeliest suitor for Love:

    "The Bulls have big contracts to make the trade work (Luol Deng on the enticing side, Carlos Boozer on the less enticing side); they're loaded with assets like Jimmy Butler (no. 49 on this year's list), the rights to Mirotic (a high lottery pick if he entered this year's draft), and the rights to Charlotte's future no. 1 pick (top-10 protected in 2014, top-eight protected in 2015, unprotected in 2016); and they're a big-market contender with a superstar in house (so they could keep Love for the long haul).

Simmons doubts the Wolves could turn down a deal that includes Boozer, Butler, Mirotic and the Charlotte pick.

There are a lot of different layers to this proposal. Let's break them down individually.

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Video: NBA trade machine

February, 12, 2013

Can the Raptors make a trade with the Bulls?

Would Bulls benefit from Redick trade?

February, 12, 2013
Brad Doolittle examines four teams that would benefit greatly from trading for Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick. The Nuggets would gain the most wins, but Redick would fit best with the Bulls, who have the biggest need and best assets to acquire him. The Bulls tried once before ... will they try again?

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Is Bargnani worth long-term inflexibility?

February, 7, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
Andrea Bargnani AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan DenetteAndrea Bargnani is shooting just 40 percent from the field this season.
DENVER -- Is Andrea Bargnani enough to help put the Chicago Bulls over the top and knock off the Miami Heat over the next couple of seasons?


Would you trade Carlos Boozer as part of a deal for Andrea Bargnani?


Discuss (Total votes: 9,996)

That's the question Bulls executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have to be bouncing around right now after Marc Stein reported Thursday that the Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged exploratory trade discussions about a deal that would send Carlos Boozer to Toronto and Bargnani to Chicago.

In the short term, the deal would take the Bulls out of the luxury tax -- which they are on track to pay this season for the first time under owner Jerry Reinsdorf. There have to be other smaller pieces included in the proposed swap, but the move would save the Bulls millions and give them a little wiggle room under the hard cap that they are operating under for the rest of the season.

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Kyle Korver trade completed

July, 16, 2012
The Chicago Bulls' trade of forward Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a trade exception and cash considerations became official on Monday, the team announced.

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Report: Korver traded to Hawks

July, 13, 2012
The Chicago Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks in a move that saves the team money, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

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Luol Deng not dismissing rumors

June, 24, 2012
By Ian Whittell

HOUSTON -- Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng revealed this weekend that he will not be surprised if the Bulls trade him this offseason.

While at training camp in Texas with Great Britain's national team preparing for the London Olympics, Deng said he does not believe the Bulls are shopping him in retaliation for his decision to delay the wrist surgery he needs until after the Games.

But Deng, 27, did acknowledge that he's not dismissing recent reports suggesting the Bulls are willing to trade him for a top pick in Thursday's NBA draft, with speculation mounting that Chicago could send Deng to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 7 overall pick.

"I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors," Deng said. "But as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it's not something you can control.

"If it's not true, a GM could always come out and say it's not true. But if a GM doesn't come out and say it, there are probably talks. And there should be. If I was a GM I would be shopping players around too. I've got to show that I'm doing something."

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Bulls happy to stand pat at trade deadline

March, 16, 2012
Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
DEERFIELD -- The NBA trading deadline came and went Thursday, and as expected there was no activity by the Bulls.

"We think we've got a great group of guys who have shown they can handle things," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. "I've always felt that we have more than enough."

His players seem to agree.

"It's rare you have a team like this," said John Lucas III. "Everybody gets along, we're a family. If we were to lose somebody, I think it would hurt us a little bit. Not on the court but inside because we've formed a brotherhood here and we have each other's back and it's rare you have a team where all 14 guys like each other.

"It's not ‘These guys [are] here, you eat over here.' I've been on teams like that. Everybody eats together. When we're on the road, we call everybody to see if they want to go get dinner, hang out, go to the movies, just like we're brothers."

And when it comes time for business, said Lucas, that relationship with one another makes it that much easier on-court.

"What's good about our team is that everybody knows their role," he said. "Nobody is trying to step outside their role. Everybody knows exactly what they're supposed to be and that's good."

Team chemistry, said Thibodeau, is "critical."

"It's all part of team-building and how everything fits together," he said. "There's a lot more to it than just collecting talent. I think it's talent and how it all fits together. Can you share the same core beliefs? Are you willing to sacrifice and be part of a team? That's all part of it."

Bulls earned right to see this through

March, 16, 2012
Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
There's always this feeling, when a team does nothing before the NBA trade deadline, of being left out, especially when you think your team is close as-is to winning a championship. Especially when a key player has been injured all season and when the perception is that a tweak here or there could mean the difference between beating or losing to the Miami Heat in a seven-game series.

So you look at some of the players who changed teams Thursday -- Stephen Jackson, Richard Jefferson, Nick Young -- and it's understandable if you feel this was an opportunity missed. They're all guys who can do the one thing the Chicago Bulls aren't positively great at -- putting the ball in the basket with little or no help.

Thursday, at 2:15 p.m. Central time was the Bulls' last chance to add somebody who can do that. They could have added Young, particularly, for what amounts to a ham sandwich. Instead, the Bulls did probably what they should have done: nothing. That's right, the Bulls stood pat, and it might very well wind up being the right thing. And nothing drove that point home like the victory over Miami on Wednesday night.

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Sources: Bulls eye ways to get Gasol

March, 13, 2012
Stein By Marc Stein

The Chicago Bulls are exploring avenues to acquire Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources close to the situation.

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Being 'the guy' important to Howard

March, 8, 2012
Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
CHICAGO -- As the March 15 trade deadline nears, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard did not dispute the perception that he wants to be "the guy" on whatever team he ends up on.

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Derrick Rose
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5