Why this page on the Chicago Bulls trade rumors? Well, the city of Chicago is growing restless with the Bulls. They are sitting one spot behind the Toronto Raptors for the eighth and final playoff spot.
A season, where the Bulls have seen their fair share of injuries that have hurt their record. Joakim Noah has missed 17 games with Plantar Fascitis; Derrick Rose is banged up with a hip bruise and wrist sprain. With all that they still have a chance for the playoffs.
As far as trades, the deal with the Lakers and Trailblazers fell apart early in the season and nothing of significance is on the Horizon. The Lakers were trying to acquire Kirk Heinrich f the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make a play for Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, The Portland Trailblazers did not want to take on the contract of guard Sasha Vujacic and dropped negotiations.
Despite strong efforts by the Lakers front office to obtain Kirk Hinrich by sending out players Adam Morrison and Sasha Vujacic, the Lakers could not convince the Bulls or the Trailblazers to take on additional salary in Vujacic’s contract, who will make $5.5 million throughout 2011.
The Bulls refused to receive any contracts that would jeopardize their summer cap space. With this summer extensive free agent class, the Bulls are hoping to land Dwayne Wade, who was almost dealt to the Bulls earlier. Dwayne Wade mentioned he would like to play for the Bulls, since he is from Chicago.
Moreover, the general feeling communicated to Lakers management by the Portland Trailblazers was that they do not need the services of the Slovenian guard.
Another one that surfaced from the Chicago Bulls trade rumors was the Minnesota Timberwolves are in play for Chicago Bulls athletic forward Tyrus Thomas. Should Minnesota be willing to make a trade, the parameters, as proposed by Lakers management, would be as followed: The Los Angeles Lakers would receive guard Kirk Hinrich, the Minnesota Timberwolves would receive forward Tyrus Thomas and guard Sasha Vujacic, and the Chicago Bulls would receive the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison, Brian Cardinal, and Sasha Pavlovic, as well as draft considerations.
After all the jockeying Tyrus Thomas was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats. The only other move was releasing guard Lindsay Hunter on March 3, 2010. Looking ahead to the 2010 free agency circus the Bulls are in pretty good shape for the free agency period when LeBron, Wade, Bosh and a ton of other players hit free agency, but if you count team options on Rose and Noah, they should be down to around $43 million.
With the current roster, going after Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh would make a lot of sense (just like every other team). The problem the Bulls face is $20 million of that $43 million coming off the bench. Gong into free agency with half the money tied up in the bench make s a sign and trade scenario very possible.
This is why Hinrich and Deng, especially Deng, could be trade bait. A very popular strategy for the 2009-2010 season was to free up cap space. As every team looked at the upcoming free agency class and the money they would demand dumping salaries was the flavor of the day. Anyone of these signings will make a team better.
The Chicago Bulls need to hold onto Derrick Rose, Loul Deng, Joakim Noah but the rest of the roster can easily be moved. The fans Chicago would love to make the playoffs but have an eye on what the team will do this summer. Will they land the marquee free agent to play alongside the talented Derrick Rose?