The trade deadline has come and gone and we have heard nary a whimper from the Chicago Bulls as far as trades go. The lack of moves isn't very surprising. In the days leading up to the trade deadline as well as throughout the day there have been little to no updates about the Bulls making any potential trades.
The major news for the Bulls at the deadline is:
- The Bulls did not swap Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani. Earlier this week it was reported that the Bulls told the Raptors that a deal is on the table and just waiting for Toronto's acceptance.
- The Bulls were not successful in their pursuit of J.J Redick. Ultimately, the Milwaukee Bucks ended up getting Redick in a six player trade that netted Orlando two prospects in Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb.
- Despite rumored interest from other teams, the Bulls ultimately did not move Richard Hamilton's $5 million contract to get under the luxury tax threshold. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls were not willing to give up a first round draft pick just to dump his salary.
The last bit of news regarding Richard Hamilton has the biggest impact on the Chicago Bulls moving forward. Because of Hamilton's contract, the Bulls are now set to pay the luxury tax this offseason for the first time in franchise history (sorry Reinsdorf's wallet).
Like I said, the lack of trades on Chicago's part isn't anything surprising. In fact, the lack of moves this season isn't anything too bad. Chicago likely would have been worse off getting Barganani or giving up a first round draft pick just to dump a contract. But that didn't keep Reggie Rose, Derrick Rose's brother, from unleashing his wrath on the Chicago front office:
"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," Reggie Rose said. "What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?
It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.
Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."
"It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him."
Reggie's comment have some merit to it. Chicago has been unwilling to make moves in recent years which contribute to the lack of a title. However, his comments are fairly ridiculous given the time. Fact of the matter is that Chicago is not a title contender, despite the decent play from the team thus far this season. There were just about no trades the Bulls could have made at the deadline to put Chicago in a position to win a title this season, let alone any stars to pair along side Rose.
Rose's return date this season is still up in the air and the possibility remains that he could miss the entire season. In his interview with ESPN's Scott Powers, Reggie Rose did say that believed Rose is close to returning this season, however that remains to be seen.
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