Fresh ink: February 18, 2009

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Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Forward Tyrus Thomas, whose name has been a staple in any Stoudemire trade rumors, instructed the media to ask the ”people upstairs” about whether he was headed to Phoenix. ‘I can’t talk about something I can’t control,’ Thomas said. General manager John Paxson wasn’t around to clarify trade talks or his future with the team, so it was left to coach Vinny Del Negro to address both subjects. Del Negro said he was amused by reports Paxson has decided to give up GM duties, likely at the end of the season. ‘What’s funny to me is you go to All-Star weekend and you hear all these rumors and people talking about the Bulls,’ Del Negro said. ‘I had just met with Jerry [Reinsdorf] two days before I go. It was interesting because Jerry never brought that stuff up to me. Nor [did] Pax. It’s just part of the business and being a Chicago Bull. It’s one of the most successful franchises. It comes with the territory.””

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls could be welcoming a big man with starting playoff experience Wednesday in Milwaukee. His name will be Drew Gooden, rather than Amare Stoudemire or Chris Bosh. Gooden practiced Tuesday after missing the previous 11 games with abdominal and groin pain, and coach Vinny Del Negro said he would make a game-time decision in the critical matchup with a Bucks team that currently holds a playoff berth the Bulls covet.”

From the Associated Press: “Rumors also swirled Tuesday about the Bulls possibly trading for Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh in a three-team deal with Phoenix. ‘I would love to play with him,’ rookie point guard Derrick Rose said of the 6-foot-10 Bosh, an Olympian and All-Star who averages 22.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. ‘He’s that low-post presence that we need,’ said Ben Gordon. ‘He can score, rebound and defense. He’d be a huge help.’ … Del Negro said he would not be surprised if the Bulls don’t pick up anyone before Thursday’s trade deadline. ‘With the economy the way it is, and the salary cap and the luxury tax, it’s tough to make a trade,’ he said. ‘No one wants to take in salary. It’s tough doing deals even in a good economy.’”

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald: “There was no sign of Paxson, just as there has been no actual evidence that he’s planning to resign anytime soon. Bulls consultant Jim Paxson, John’s older brother, watched practice, but that was hardly newsworthy. No trades were announced. If anything, the chances of the Bulls pulling off a significant deal before Thursday’s trade deadline appeared to be fading. This turned out to be nothing more than a routine practice day for the Bulls. They’ll resume play following the all-star break with a pivotal game tonight in Milwaukee against former coach Scott Skiles. The Bulls trail the Bucks by 21/2 games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after Milwaukee beat Detroit on the road Tuesday night.”

Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: “It appears the Suns have made their big move — changing head coaches. Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said as much Monday in telling the media and his team that he ‘would like to keep what we have.’ But forward Amaré Stoudemire is ‘still not sure’ despite his contention that he wants to remain with the Suns. ‘I hope so,’ said Stoudemire, whose family sat near Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver courtside seat Tuesday night. ‘I feel comfortable right now. Calls are still coming in for sure. I don’t think it’s going to stop until the deadline is over. Teams are still inquiring about me, still want me. It’s all about what the Phoenix Suns want to do.’”

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