Paxson: Bulls in nice spot

February, 23, 2010
2/23/10
2:18
PM CT

Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson likes the position his team is in to close out this season and to be a major player in the free-agent market this summer.

The Bulls made two trades before Thursday's deadline, dealing John Salmons, Tyrus Thomas and a draft pick for four expiring contracts and a draft pick.

"We know there's no certainty in [free agency]," Paxson said on ESPN 1000 on Monday during halftime of the Bulls' game against the Washington Wizards. "There are a lot of teams with cap space, but our view is we have an All-Star player in Derrick Rose; we have an up-and-coming outstanding center in Joakim Noah; a dependable, very good small forward -- definitely a top-10 small forward in the league -- in Luol Deng, and we have Taj [Gibson], who's been terrific."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.4 1.5 40.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0