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06-24-2004, 09:16 AM
Who has a bad contract on the Bulls.


Pax can use 7th pick to acquire an established vet

June 24, 2004


It was a throw-away line as a meeting concluded between Bulls operations chief John Paxson and several writers late in the season.

Paxson said he might have to attempt something drastic at some point and go for an All-Star-caliber player.

Paxson is not an impatient man. He can't afford to be in his position. But Paxson is tired of waiting.

He's tired of waiting for talent to develop. He'd rather acquire a proven player, even if it's not quite All-Star-caliber, than draft potential stars who might not make a difference for four seasons -- if ever.

That's why Paxson was working the phones so hard Wednesday night to acquire established talent.

His trade with Phoenix for the No. 7 pick gives Paxson flexibility in a fluid NBA market.

Shaquille O'Neal? No. And while Magic general manager John Weisbrod said seven teams now are in the mix for Tracy McGrady, don't look for the Bulls to be in that group. Criticism of McGrady's work habits and his unwillingness to be a good practice player and leader likely wasn't lost on Paxson, and it almost assuredly reached Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

Paxson resumed talks with the Pacers about acquiring Al Harrington, but things didn't look promising. Indiana didn't like the bad contract Paxson needed to throw in to make the deal work.

It's possible Ron Artest's name surfaced in talks between the teams.

Paxson wasn't worried about getting someone who would provide veteran leadership and guidance to younger teammates while sitting on the injured list or playing sporadically.

Paxson pursued a proven NBA player, and those have been lacking on the Bulls for the last six seasons.

He doesn't think this is a horrible draft. Paxson admires Ben Gordon's toughness and Andre Iguodala's defensive ability. He finds Luol Deng to be an intelligent 19-year-old prospect, wise beyond his years with a high basketball IQ. Paxson also was enamored with Oregon shooting guard Luke Jackson.

But none of those players is likely to turn out to be another LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, somebody who immediately will turn his team into a playoff contender.

Paxson and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf don't want to have a lottery pick next year, at least not one earned by having one of the worst records in the league.

The Bulls need a lot of help to stay away from Secaucus next April. It's going to take more than one player, and it's going to take more than two draft picks.

It's going to take Eddy Curry living up to his potential and Kirk Hinrich building off a fantastic rookie season.

And it's going to take the help of at least one established veteran.

That's why as Wednesday afternoon turned into late evening, a league source referring to the Bulls said: Stay tuned.

06-24-2004, 09:18 AM

Bulls looking to make more deals

June 24, 2004

BY LACY J. BANKS Staff Reporter Advertisement

Bulls operations chief John Paxson made the first of what could be multiple moves Wednesday night that could change the complexion of his struggling franchise.

Paxson acquired the Phoenix Suns' No. 7 pick in tonight's NBA draft in exchange for $3 million, the Bulls' No. 31 pick and a protected first-round pick in the next three years, providing it's not in the top three next year and it's not the No. 1 pick the following year.

That means the Bulls have the third and seventh picks in the first round and the 38th in the second round.

But a league source said the Bulls probably weren't done dealing, and that there was significant interest in the seventh pick.

The Bulls, however, did not consummate any deal other than the one with Phoenix, a source said.

Paxson resumed talks with the Pacers about acquiring Al Harrington, the source said, but the Pacers were unwilling to accept any of the contracts the Bulls needed to include to make the trade work. Tyson Chandler wasn't included, but the contracts of Scottie Pippen and Eddie Robinson would have worked cap-wise.

With the possibility of the Bulls selecting Connecticut guard Ben Gordon with the third pick, the future of Jamal Crawford comes into question.

Crawford is a restricted free agent, and the Bulls would have to work a sign-and-trade to deal him.

''Even after the Bulls got that seventh pick, they were still working on trying to get a veteran big man,'' the source said. ''This meant they could package a pick and players, or both first-round picks and players to get a superstar.''

Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal ($26.5 million) is still priced too high. Orlando's Tracy McGrady also is available, but the Bulls aren't in the mix of seven teams pursuing McGrady.

A league source refuted a report that Boston was considering sending Paul Pierce to the Bulls for No. 3, Chandler and another player.

Players such as Michael Finley and Jerry Stackhouse are available.

Paxson could spend the No. 3 pick on Gordon, then possibly draft Arizona forward Andre Iguodala or Stanford forward Josh Childress at No. 7.

Or Paxson could take Duke's Luol Deng at No. 3 and follow with Oregon shooting guard Luke Jackson at No. 7. A league source said Paxson was making inquiries about Jackson on Wednesday afternoon.

But it's likely Paxson isn't done dealing and will look to trade at least one of his first-round draft picks for a proven veteran.

Slick Pinkham
06-24-2004, 10:19 AM
presumably the bad contracts are Pippen, Antonio, Jerome Williams, or ER

I wouldn't mind the junkyard dog. He is a fine reserve who is happy doing that, I think, with energy and rebounding.

Sounds like the Chandler part of the deal was too good to be true, as it seemed to be.

Aw Heck
06-24-2004, 10:31 AM

06-24-2004, 10:39 AM
Aw Heck, that's the exact same thing UB posted two spots before you.

06-24-2004, 10:43 AM
Scottie Pippen is not a bad contract.

Just conjecturing? How about an Al and Foster for Tyson, Pippen and #7. That evens things out for the Bulls a bit.

For the Pacers, if Tyson is going to play, he's going to take Jeff's time anyway. Also we still have Cro and Pollard for special matchups and insurance at center.

Aw Heck
06-24-2004, 10:45 AM
Aw Heck, that's the exact same thing UB posted two spots before you.

OK, I'm an idiot. I don't know how the hell I didn't see that before.


Sorry about that.

06-24-2004, 11:52 AM
The question I have to ask is why does Chicago have so many bad contracts? They made us take Ron Mercer because of his bad contract. Now they have 3 or 4 bad contracts including 2 they just traded for in mid season. For a team that is really bad, they sure are not helping themselves by accumulating horrible contracts?

06-24-2004, 11:53 AM
Because they are stupid. Seriously.

06-24-2004, 12:04 PM
Foster is a Pacer for life, sixthman.