Bulls still hunting for that elusive “final piece”

The Bulls currently have 11 players on the roster. They’re still searching for player number 12.

Sorry, T-Mac.

According to ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell: “The Chicago Bulls have expressed an interest in free agent guard Eddie House, according to House’s agent Mark Bartelstein. The Bulls also have talked to representatives of Keith Bogans and Roger Mason, according to a person familiar with the situation. Disgruntled Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Rudy Fernandez could also be in the mix for the Bulls, according to a report in the Oregonian. The Bulls, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics are in the running to acquire the 25-year-old Fernandez, who is unhappy with limited playing time in Portland, according to the report.”

My gut reaction is to scream “Get Rudy! Get Rudy!” That kid is a firecracker and a game-changer.

But…he shot 37 percent from the field last season while compiling a pretty “meh” Player Efficiency Rating of 13.1. His Per 36 Minute numbers (12.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 3.2 APG) aren’t all that exciting either. And he’s already grumbling about his playing time in Portland? I don’t know. As much as I love Rudy’s potential, those are red flags to me.

Still, I can’t deny the allure. I should probably me more worried about the things I just mentioned, but if we could get Fernandez on the cheap or by only giving up, say, James Johnson, I would probably do the dance of joy.

As for Eddie House, I love his shooting ability (almost 40 percent on threes for his career) while hating his size (6’1″ on a really tall day) and lack of handles. Still, he has championship experience and played for Tom Thibodeau.

Roger Mason shot 42 percent on threes in 2008-09 and a shade under 40 the season before that (although, gulp, only 33 percent last season). Plus, he was a Spur, which raises his stock in my book. However, he’s going to be 30 on September 10, so he’s not exactly part of the Bulls’ youth movement.

Keith Bogans? If there are no other choices, I guess.

Not sure why I’m not seeing Shannon Brown’s name in Chicago’s short list. That’s kind of disappointing, actually. I know he’s streaky, but he’s athletic as all get out and has loads of potential. And he always seemed hungry and ready to prove himself with the Lakers last season.

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90 Responses to Bulls still hunting for that elusive “final piece”

  1. brothabrown2000@yahoo.com'
    Chris A. Brown July 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Finally someone said it. Why are we not looking a Shannon Brown? It seems as though the Bulls”s organization has a brain fart when it comes the shooting guard position. Reminds me alot of the Knicks. Remember the Knicks? Every year they were letting go of a great point guard, Mark Jackson, Rod Strickland and that list goes. Yet, every year they were looking for a point guard. Did the Bulls not trade Tyson Chandler for J.R. Smith, but later traded him for future condsideratioin? I’m just saying.

  2. Tony B July 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Rudy seems like the obvious guy to go after, but it definitely is a red flag that he’s so intent on starting. Being disgruntled at the age of 25 is unfortunate, especially when your numbers don’t stack up. That being said, his numbers may be a product of the system and place he’s in, therefore explaning his disgruntled-ness.

    I say we either get Fernandez for Johnson and a pick, or we don’t fill the last spot or two on our team in order to give us financial flexibility should we have an opportunity to sign or trade for a key player during the regular season.

    Also, who would start if Fernandez joined our team? Him or Brewer? While competition is usually a good thing for any given spot, it doesn’t help when one of the players is known as being “disgruntled”. I love Brewer’s attitude and it seems to fit very well with this Bulls team. I’m hesitant to say we should challenge the order of things as they are.

    Whatever the case, I am loving this team and cannot wait to see them play. They’re built like an actual basketball team, solid from top to bottom, instead of loaded at the first few positions (*cough HEAT *cough) with a huge dropoff.

  3. chad July 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    shannon brown has already been here, not coming back. best news all month is that Pargo has been signed by another team, so we dont have to worry about him costing us more games.

  4. Jimmy July 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I agree that Shannon Brown should be a name heard through the rumors. Hopefully he is a suprise pick up, like CJ and Kurt were.

    Rudy just doesn’t deem JJ and a 1st rd pick to me…JJ and a 2nd rd pick sounds right. Dont get me wrong, JJ has (and likely will continue to be) a letdown.

    I heard rumors that Taj is in the mix for a trade for Rudy, which sounds horrible! That would be a huge suprise.

  5. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    BoppinBob July 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    I am very excited about the Bulls roster as it stands. I do think there is a need for more depth at center and power forward. I think the Bulls are solid at guard with Rose, Watson, Brewer and Korver. If they add another guard it should be a project/developmental player possibly James Johnson. Asik is the weak link on the front line. Is he 6’11″ 230 lbs or 7’0″ 255 lbs? In any case 36% FT gives an easy plan for the defense when he is on the floor. Gibson will be the primary backup at both SF and PF therefore the Bulls need another forward who can do some time at center.

  6. Tony B July 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    @BoppinBob

    I think Asik is more like 7’0″ 270. He’s a big mother.

  7. kennethm.holman@gmail.com'
    kennykashVIII July 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    If u look at the current roster, we only have 3 guards(rose/brewer/watson). Meanwhile, we have 5 bigs(noah/boozer/gibson/thomas/asik) in addition to 3 SF’s(deng/korver/johnson). To achieve true balance, the bulls need to get TWO more guards! U need a pg+backup, a sg+backup, and a guard who can adequately play either backcourt spot. To me, it’s bad business to go into a season without at least 5 guards. In addition to whatever guard we get next(t-mac/house/mason/evans/brown/fernandez/the guy from overseas, whoever), we still need 1 more, even if it’s a summer leage/d-league caliber guy(lucas, perhaps?). Then, we would have the total balance of 5 guards, 5 bigs, and 3 SF’. That should be the makeup of any 13 man roster. Lastly, I really hate that the Bulls did not sign anthony morrow and livingston. If we acted quickly enough we could have pulled that off. Maybe we wouldn’t have been able to get thomas, but so what? Imagine this roster: guards-rose/brewer/morrow/livingston/watson. SF’s-deng/korver/johnson. Bigs- noah/boozer/gibson/asik…then u find any big body to fill out the roster. That is what the 2011 Bulls should have looked like, but we dropped the ball. I know morrow and livingston more than likely would have preferred to come here over jersey and charlotte, respectively. Oh well, I guess u can’t miss what u never had, but that roster would be competing for a finals berth come mid-late may, while the team as it stands will probably come close to conf. Finals. Still, we should be much improved and it should be a thrilling season. GO BULLS!!!

  8. mikemayer3@hotmail.com'
    thirdsaint July 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    According to the ESPN rumor mill the Lakers are going to bring Brown back and try and trade Vujakic or however you spell his name.

    Of the names it mentions we are looking at I want the most consistent shooter. Thank goodness we don’t have to watch Pargo flounder around.

  9. joe July 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    are you insane boppin bob taj gibson a back up sf?? we have plenty of front court u moron, in fact most of these comments were stupid and i cant believe i am lame enough to be leaving one but i am pretty bored today. ur all morons except thirdsaint

  10. kennethm.holman@gmail.com'
    kennykashVIII July 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    My bad. In my earlier comment, I mentioned evans in the group of potential pickups. I was referring to maurice evans, who I often confuse with keith bogans, who I meant to say.

  11. aoctwpunk@yahoo.com'
    Joe July 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Is there room for another guard on this roster? There are barely enough minutes to go around right now between Watson, Brewer, and Korver. I’d love to have Rudy on the Bulls, but it just doesn’t make sense logistically.

  12. airbulls21@gmail.com'
    JZ July 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Okay so we don’t want TMAC because he wants to compete for a starting role yet we are gunhoe on trying to get Rudy Fernanez—a guy that wants out of Portland because of LOW PLAYING TIME. Seriously whats wrong with our idiot front office??? So if both TMAC and Fernandez would bring that playing time pouting into play then I’ll take he better all-around player in TMAC. HEck TMAC at 40% is better than Rudy Fernandez. I mean Rudy Fernandez will only get 15-20 MIN a game here if even that, and he is complaining about minutes in Portland, he will for sure complain about minutes here. Our Front Office needs a changeover.

    And no don’t defend our front office by saying “they landed Boozer and got nice pieces like Brewer, Korver, etc. Those guys came to Chicago because of Derrick ROse being on our team and I think Boozer coming first also had his Jazz teammates following him here as well.

  13. bobbysimmons July 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    ive always wanted fernandez, but he’s leaving a good situation in portland because he thinks he’s better than he is. I like his shooting ability, but he may turn into someone like nocioni (minus the defense) and try to create and take ill advised shots and eventually run himself out of the league. the bulls are not looking for someone who wants the ball in the their hands all the time and trys to go iso, and fernandez seems like he has something to prove and if no one likes it he always has a spot back in spain, so I’d say this is a risky move.

  14. zecpcunha July 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Get Rudy or try to get a trade for Sasha Vujacic. Finally Pargo is gone and I think the Bulls are good on frontcourt already..

  15. Alan July 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Zecpcunha – You should never be allowed to comment again. The idea of Vujacic in a Bulls uniform makes me ill. His horrible contract would eat up the little bit of cap space they have left.

  16. Jimmy July 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    are you insane boppin bob taj gibson a back up sf?? we have plenty of front court u moron, in fact most of these comments were stupid and i cant believe i am lame enough to be leaving one but i am pretty bored today. ur all morons except thirdsaint

    Comment by joe — July 28, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

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    Ironic that this is the worst comment on this post

  17. Jeff July 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Man KORVER IS NOT A GUARD. Seriously, I don’t know where people are getting this. The dude is a SF, sixth man shooter. He’s not athletic, he just has a wicked stroke from downtown. He would get torched by any decent 2 guard in the NBA.

  18. zac.highland@gmail.com'
    Zac July 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Why aren’t the Bulls looking at Rashad McCants is my question.

  19. joelm74@gamail.com'
    j/m July 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    Fernandez would be a great final addition. by the way boppin bob gibson
    isnt a s/f and will play back up p/f and play center in small lineups. comparing fernandez to nocioni? Try watching a game or two. Rudy is a better shooter who slashes, finishes on the break, and catch lobs. Plus he’s on the books for under 2 mil. Bulls are 3 mil under the cap. Finally Brewer will be the starting 2 if anyones confused out there. NBA network is on channel 439 comcast and 216 direct tv take notes Ass Clowns.

  20. matthew July 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    pg) rose, watson
    sg) brewer, korver
    sf) deng, jj
    pf) boozer, taj
    c) noah, kurt, amir

    ok if im not wrong u can dress 13 players i think hmmmm let me see we need a 3rd point y not acie law he did ok last year for chicogo if he willing to take that role on

    maybe a combo guard like maybe flip, he is a 10 year vet i think but not scared to shoot or play some kinda defense. but can play combo guard.

    i dont really like jjs game yet but maybe a t-mac if he willing to take less minutes and do wat needs to be done for example defense and scoring off the bench maybe even win 6 man of the year (IF) healthy. (LOL)… sry 4 years and he has that bug…..

    if not him maybe see if we can steal the la fakers 1st round pic and sasha for jj, but dont trade taj, he is goin to be stud in this league yea 25 but 2nd year with the big boys, he was prob the 2nd or even 3rd best rookie last year.

    if not him maybe live with a young John Lucas III, he can only get better from now, maybe a big man i would like to see maybe a kwame brown hes super strong and can foul out still (lol).

    but this roster to be is maybe a 50- 58 win team if coached right and if the team is ready.

  21. FElipeagarcia87@hotmail.com'
    dJ July 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    I agree,

    I rather sign Rudy Fernandez over T-Mac in a heart beat. Even if it means trading James Johnson since we really don’t need him.

    Then the Bulls should focus on signing Eddie House, since he is more of a veteran guard to backup Rose and Watson.

    Then to finish up our 13 man roster Bulls should sign: Joey Graham or Rodney Carney for their versatile playing the SG-SF.

  22. mavericklauer@yahoo.com'
    maverick July 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    this blog really shows why the bulls should get mcgrady http://stayfrostyforlife.blogspot.com/

  23. zecpcunha July 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Alan, you should show some respect first of all. I’m free to write whatever i want. We all are Bulls’ fans, so what i want is the best for the Bulls. Now, the subject that matters. Vujacic has just 1 year left on his contract, so the Bulls can let him go next summer if he doesn’t fit well. Despite all of that, he is a good shooter and he is a Champion.

  24. gorditadog@aol.com'
    Gorditadog July 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    We need another shooter. It was our big weakness last year. DRose will be better and Korver is a great addition as well as Watson, but we still need a shooting guard who can shoot.

    McGrady would be great as a role player but that is not where his head is at- it’s a shame but he is not ready to be a backup to Brewer.

    Shannon Brown can help. I am guessing we don’t do anything until he makes up his mind whether he is going to take the Laker’s offer.

    Rudy would be worth a shot too, as long as we don’t have to give up Gibson. I would trade JJ and a first rounder in a minute. Tibbs can teach him to play a little D I bet.

    If not, let’s remember we are talking about a 4th guard. If we end up with a D-leaguer we will still be fine overall.

  25. marzdeez@gmail.com'
    UTellem23 July 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    @JZ
    You’re a fool.The DIFFERENCE between TMAC and Rudy is the Rudy hasn’t missed over 200 games,and he’s 6 years younger.And he’s better than Brewer btw.Brewer should be a defensive weapon OFF THE BENCH.

  26. George da Dragonslayer July 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    weak article. brown’s contract is too much for the bulls to match, that’s why he’s out of the mix. plus, brown isn’t all he’s hyped up to be… when did he get praised as a combo guard? all the fool can do is dunk. i like rudy but evidently they’re asking us to give up taj and that seems a litttttle much for me. especially considering taj is coming off such a promising rookie year. people say that it’s harder to find a great 2 than a great 3 and if we knew rudy and taj were equally good in their respective positions, i’d say make the trade. but the fact is, taj has much more upside than rudy does right now having played so much less in the league. if rudy falls thru, i say we go for t-mac! he’s gotta be better than frickin bogans… yes i know bogans is a defense man but so is brewer. wouldn’t it be worth the t-mac risk if the alternative was 30-year old mason or bogans???

  27. gobulls76@hotmail.com'
    mike July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    utellem23 portland wants tj gibbs now fuckin way if thats who they want then no…. sign mason or house

  28. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath July 29, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    There is no way in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks that Taj Gibson is traded with the roster we have. Period.

    All praise the team that signed Pargo. Whew.

    If they can manage to get Fernandez, I think it is worth a shot. He was not only looking for minutes, but the ability to make plays and I think he would get that chance, even off the bench, for the Bulls. Wow, I didn’t realize he played in Euro league from 2001-2008! His numbers went up every year and the last year was a big one.

    From a small sample, he plays well in big games … and would be the perfect compliment to Brewer. Perfect. He just doesn’t want to be a spot up shooter. I am fine with that …

  29. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath July 29, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksbBelY9SIM&feature=player_embedded#!

    rudy.

  30. TREYDOG July 29, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    Updated report at CelticsBlog states that the C’s are in “lead position” in negotiations for Rudy Fernandez. Celtics believe that Rudy is a young talented gaurd that will provide the Celtics the additional firepower needed in order to make sure the team to finishs in the top 3 in the Eastern Conference. I believe it.

  31. pc_eclipse@yahoo.com'
    Savage July 29, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Rudy on the Bulls roster at all. The real unknown is the price it will cost. A deal straight up JJ and a pick for Rudy will not work Portland would be in violation. So it would need to be Rudy and Cunningham for JJ and a pick. Portland probably would want at least JJ and a first round pick. What do you guys think? I would be willing to go with giving them JJ and a first round pick in an instant. This kid is only 25 years old and I think he has plenty of potential. He played pro basketball in Europe from 2001-2008 he averaged 21 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals in his career there at a young age. I am not sure Portland would agree to take JJ and a first rounder but if they are we should do it.

  32. v.bekk@hotmail.com'
    visar23 July 29, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Bulls should just keep the roster they have and make a trade during the first half of the season.
    We are good at guards, rose,gibson,murray, all we need is a shooting guard that can play some D.

  33. chicago32093@yahoo.com'
    C-Lo_The_Great July 29, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    i heard portland isnt in rebuilding mode any more so they want proven players but i forgot how good rudy can be so i wouldnt be mad if the bulls gave up 1st round, bobcats 1st, and jj

  34. Cool wind July 29, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    How about delonte west ? I heard that he’s going to minnessota but the wolves is not interested in him so they are going to waive him before august. He is an SG. Good FG. Can shoot 3 and defense. Still Remember how he shut down d-rose last playoff. Here’s the link Of the article : http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/4867364

  35. Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    PG
    Derrick Rose 21 /6-3 /190 /$5,546,160
    Jerryd Bayless 21/ 6-3/ 200/ $2,292,600
    C.J. Watson 26/ 6-2/ 175/ $3,600,000

    SG
    Rudy Fernandez 25 /6-6/ 185/ $1,246,680
    Kyle Korver 29/6-7/212/ $5,000,000

    SF
    Ronnie Brewer 25/ 6-7/ 227/ $4,750,000
    Omri Casspi 22/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,254,480
    Shane Battier 31/6-8/220/ $7,354,400

    PF
    Carlos Boozer 28/6-9/266/ $14,400,000
    Taj Gibson 25/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,117,680
    Kurt Thomas 37/6-9/ 230

    C
    Joakim Noah 25/ 6-11/232/ $3,128,536
    Jason Thompson 24/ 6-11/ 250/ $2,178,000
    Omer Asik 24/7-0/ 255/ $1,721,000

    Assets to Complete trade
    2011 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder

    2012 1st (Charlotte Bobcats)
    2012 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder
    2012 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    2013 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    Luol Deng
    James Johnson
    Vladimir Veremeenko. Draft rights

  36. premierfundingresources@gmail.com'
    Luvmybulls July 29, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    PG
    Derrick Rose 21 /6-3 /190 /$5,546,160
    Jerryd Bayless 21/ 6-3/ 200/ $2,292,600
    C.J. Watson 26/ 6-2/ 175/ $3,600,000

    SG
    Rudy Fernandez 25 /6-6/ 185/ $1,246,680
    Kyle Korver 29/6-7/212/ $5,000,000

    SF
    Ronnie Brewer 25/ 6-7/ 227/ $4,750,000
    Omri Casspi 22/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,254,480
    Shane Battier 31/6-8/220/ $7,354,400

    PF
    Carlos Boozer 28/6-9/266/ $14,400,000
    Taj Gibson 25/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,117,680
    Kurt Thomas 37/6-9/ 230

    C
    Joakim Noah 25/ 6-11/232/ $3,128,536
    Jason Thompson 24/ 6-11/ 250/ $2,178,000
    Omer Asik 24/7-0/ 255/ $1,721,000

    Assets to Complete trade
    2011 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder

    2012 1st (Charlotte Bobcats)Possible Lottery Pick
    2012 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder
    2012 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    2013 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    Luol Deng
    James Johnson
    Vladimir Veremeenko. Draft rights

  37. twerner0428@rocketmail.com'
    TIM July 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    PG- Rose/Watson
    SG- Brewer/Korver
    SF- Deng/Johnson
    PF- Boozer/Gibson
    C- Noah/K.Thomas & Asik

    The bulls have a very deep team right now. They need to sign Flip Murray again as another guard for more depth or sign another Center if Asik cant handle the roll. You have to consider that Rose is a star and is getting better every year. Brewer/Korver combo is better than Hinrich, a healthy Deng (finally), all star Boozer with last year “starter” Gibson as back up, and and a vastly improving walking double-double Noah. This bulls team was fighting for the 5th seed last year til injuries struck rose/noah/deng etc. and lost 10 straight during that stretch and still managed to make the playoffs with a late run. this team with a more experienced coach, defensive minded, unselfish team could be very dangerous this year. I pick the bulls to be top 3 in the east this year for sure. Don’t be suprised if they end up knocking off the mighty heat in the playoffs this year because of defense, unselfishness and depth.

  38. brownsun8@gmail.com'
    ChaseQ July 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Shannon Brown? Really? He’s the guy you play with that runs real fast and jumps real high all the time except when HE actually has the basketball. Anyone who actually PLAYS basketball in real life knows Shannon is actually Eddie Robinson with a haircut.

  39. gorditadog@aol.com'
    Gorditadog July 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    ChaseQ- Shannon has to be stinging from that comment. Eddie Robinson was the guy that wouldn’t go to the basket because he didn’t want to get hurt. Shannon is not that guy. 33% from three last year, 82% from the line. Good, quick defender, can run the court. 24 years old, still getting better.

  40. premierfundingresources@gmail.com'
    Luvmybulls July 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    CHECK OUT THIS GREAT 3 TEAM TRADE-EVERYONE BENEFITS!!!

    http://games.espn.g o.com/nba/tradeMachi ne?tradeId=29cljul

    Additional Assets to Complete trades
    2011 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder

    2012 1st (Charlotte Bobcats)Possible Lottery Pick
    2012 1st (will not be a lottery pick) Late First Rounder
    2012 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    2013 2nd Late Second Round Pick

    Luol Deng
    James Johnson
    Vladimir Veremeenko. Draft rights

    New Roster!!!!

    PG
    Derrick Rose 21 /6-3 /190 /$5,546,160
    Jerryd Bayless 21/ 6-3/ 200/ $2,292,600
    C.J. Watson 26/ 6-2/ 175/ $3,600,000

    SG
    Rudy Fernandez 25 /6-6/ 185/ $1,246,680
    Kyle Korver 29/6-7/212/ $5,000,000

    SF
    Ronnie Brewer 25/ 6-7/ 227/ $4,750,000
    Omri Casspi 22/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,254,480
    Shane Battier 31/6-8/220/ $7,354,400

    PF
    Carlos Boozer 28/6-9/266/ $14,400,000
    Taj Gibson 25/ 6-9/ 225/ $1,117,680
    Kurt Thomas 37/6-9/ 230

    C
    Joakim Noah 25/ 6-11/232/ $3,128,536
    Jason Thompson 24/ 6-11/ 250/ $2,178,000
    Omer Asik 24/7-0/ 255/ $1,721,000

  41. chad July 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    darn no more Pete Myers, why

  42. contrerasadvocates@yahoo.com'
    Savage July 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    First, please switch Brewer to SG and Korver to SF since that is where each of them play most of the time. Secondly, I don’t think Sacramento is going to give away all their young talent Casspi, Thompson, Bayless, and Rudy for what amounts to Deng and picks. That would never happen. I do hope however that we are able to get Rudy that would be a great addition to our team.

  43. JUDBUCHLER July 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    The Miami Heat just signed Eddie House to a 2 yr $2.8M deal. So House is out now. My question is how do the Heat have enough to sign him to those numbers? 2.8 per yr) for 2 yrs, I mean after signing the Big 3 and even Mike Miller’s contract was like $5M per yr. I thought the NBA had a salary cap.

    Of course David Stern okayed the Heat for Tampering (since their Big 3 all met and talked before July 1) yet he gets on Mark CUban and Chris Paul for something that seems like less tampering than what the 3some in Miami did.

    With House out now, where do the Bulls go? And don;t just say this is a 12th man on the Roster because I don;t trust James Johnson in the rotation. He Struggled in Summer League and thats against guys that aren;t gonna be playing NBA ball like the real ones in REG Season/Playoffs.

  44. Alan July 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    zecpcunha

    You also just described Adam Morrison. Why not him? They both suck and wore nice suits while their teams won a title. By taking Vujacic’s contract the Bulls lose all cap flexibility for the season. Not to mention they’d have to give up about 2.5 million in contracts. Who would they give up? Get off Vujacic. The reason Kirk Hinrich isn’t a Laker is because the Bulls refused to accept Vujacic’s contract in return. Please stop

  45. daveydavidson@gmail.com'
    davey July 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=26xdxdg

    I think this trade is more likely to happen.

    R Fernandez to Bulls
    M Harris to Bulls

    J Johnson to Portland
    Bulls protected first-round pick to Portland

    J Pendergraph to Houston
    Bulls second-round pick to Houston

  46. gorditadog@aol.com'
    Gorditadog July 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    If we are going to dream about trades that will never happen, how about this one: LeBron texts Melo and convinces him he needs to leave Denver. Nuggets panic and decide to rebuild around JR Smith. So, we give the Nuggets Deng, Taj, JJ and 2 draft choices and get Melo.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=23ca2h4

    Then we fill out our roster with summer league stars Plaisted, Lucas and Mo Almond. Miami Herald sportswriters are so impressed they forget all about Superfriends and all move to Chicago to cover the Bulls.

  47. JUDBUECHLER July 30, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Gorditadog I am down with that but why would Lebron text Melo to leave Denver—which could get Melo in the East giving Bron more competition. If we have hopes of getting Carmelo I see it happening at trade deadline in FEB—scenario would have to be Bulls are staying in hunt as one of East top teams at that time and Nuggets season is falling apart and they have no chance at competing with the Lakers, Carmelo isn;t happy with teams direction at all and the writing on the wall is that he would leave in Summer 2011. So Denver would figure that they would not want to give him up for nothing and trading him to Chicago makes both Denver and Carmelo happy as he would get to be on a contednor and Denver gives him to an East team which can’t hurt them—and they get something instead of nothing. Trade would be basically what you talked about Gorditadog except maybe we could spare Gibson. I would give them Kurt Thomas or Asik instead of Gibson. So Bulls get megastars in Rose and Carmelo and they would still have stars in Boozer and Noah. And Deng’s contract is up after 2011-12 so Nuggets get year and a half to experiment on Deng if he would be a better player in change of scenary. If not then they get cap space.

    Heck maybe sign McGrady just to use him as trade bait to Denver for Carmelo as well.

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    JoeSez July 30, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Dear Luvmybulls

    Sacramento isn’t going to give up thompson and cassipi so easily. They’re good and cheap.

  49. chad July 30, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    house signed with heat, so now its fernandez, bogans, roger mason, or mcgrady. i’ll take acie law

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    Matt Steigenga July 30, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    The one dude that posted that crazy three or so team trade had us getting Shane Battier. I would love to see him in a Bulls uniform. Battier is not a lights out 3-pt shooter but is very capable and can catch fire anytime. Battier is also an awesome defender, maybe the best one-on-one defender in this league. Remember in 2009 Playoffs he played Kobe Bryant tough and very well, which is why the Rockets took that series to 7 games without TMAC and Yao. Getting Battier would mean we could match up with Lebron and Paul Pierce. We already got Brewer to match up with Wade and Kobe. Now if Battier plays defense on Lebron like he did to Kobe then he will even have better success against Lebron because LEbron does not have the same mental toughness as Kobe.

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