Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bulls Destroy Knicks/Rumors Are Getting Crazy!

By Sean Mackey

In their first game back from All-Star break, the Bulls proceeded to annihilate the Knicks 118-85 Tuesday night. Derrick Rose played with some true all-star swagger scoring 29 points on 14-18 shooting, dishing out 6 assists and pulling down 4 rebounds. All this was done while sitting out the entire 4th quarter due to a ridiculous 30 point lead. Hinrich had a solid 14 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Joakim Noah once again sat out with a plantar fasciitis related injury. With this win the Bulls improve to 26-26. The Bulls play the Knicks again tonight at 8:00 p.m. on CSN Chicago and NBA League Pass.

Although, it was great to see the Bulls finally tear apart a team at will, the whole game was overshadowed by league wide trade rumors. The Bulls have been said to be very active this year. They've been rumored to be in talks for Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudemire, Al Jefferson, Al Harrington and most recently, Chris Bosh.

Tyrus Thomas is most likely to be dealt by Thursday's trade deadline at 3:00 p.m. I rumor via Yahoo Sports has indicated that the Spurs are the most interested in Thomas. A combination of probably Roger Mason (who has requested a trade) and another expiring contract or draft pick would probably be the most likely package. Other proposals have had him being shipped off to the Houston Rockets along with Brad Miller, John Salmons and/or Kirk Hinrich for former All-Star Tracy McGrady. There's also the popular scenario of Tyrus going to the Knicks for Al Harrington.

Supposedly, just yesterday the Bulls were said to have offered Luol Deng & Tyrus Thomas to the Timberwolves for Al Jefferson but the offer was immediately refused. That's one trade I would have LOVED to have seen happen. Noah, Jefferson, J. Johnson, Hinrich & Rose, a lineup that could have probably lured Dwayne Wade back home.

However, last night the most interesting of all Bulls related trade rumors came from Tech 9 at Rumor Press. The proposed deal would have Joakim Noah & Luol Deng being shipped off for All-Star forward Chris Bosh. Although, ideally it would be best for Noah & Bosh to play together, if this is what the Bulls have to do to secure Bosh, they need to do it. Chicago may be able to draft a solid center such as Cole Alrich to compliment Bosh later on. The Bulls also still may be able to just clear some more cap space and sign Bosh this summer. It all depends whether or not Gar/Pax think they have a chance of luring Bosh to Chicago this offseason.

By 3:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, we'll be able to get a glance at what direction the Bulls are taking going into the summer of 2010 free agency lottery. Very exciting!