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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Don't look for Bulls to trade Asik, Gibson

By ESPNChicago.com

Taj Gibson and Omer Asik
Taj Gibson and Omer Asik are two players the Bulls aren't willing to trade.
If the Chicago Bulls can't find a trade offer they like before Thursday's deadline, and don't look for Omer Asik or Taj Gibson to be going anywhere, one option they may consider is waiting to see which players get bought out.

The deadline for buyouts is March 1. The deadline to join a team and be eligible for the playoff roster is April 14.

Some teams, who aren't likely to make the playoffs, may prefer to buy out a player who's not part of the team's future.

The Bulls have been looking at ways to bolster their shooting guard position, but they won't jeopardize team chemistry.

"What we would be looking for as this trade deadline approaches is a little more scoring if we can find it, but we aren't going to do anything to disrupt the chemistry of this team," Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "We've made huge strides this year, and we still think our best basketball is yet to come."

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Anthony Parker has been mentioned as a possible buyout candidate.