Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thibodeau introduced! NBA Draft Tonight! Deng Trade Rumor!

By Sean Mackey

The Chicago Bulls introduced Tom Thibodeau as their 18th head coach on Wednesday.

While his introduction wasn't as smooth as Vinny Del Negro's, Thibs did a pretty good job of letting the press know what he was all about. Defense first and then easy baskets. He also mentioned his family was his support system mentioning his siblings and nieces/nephews but leaving out any wife or children. I'm assuming he's not married and may just be all about his job.

I'm down with all of that and I'm pretty sure the organization and Bulls fans have a lot to be excited about. If Derrick Rose can improve defensively, this team is going to be DAMN good. I don't really feel like writing out the entire press conference but you can view the whole video at Bulls.com.

Tonight, the real excitement begins. The 2010 NBA Draft will take place tonight live on ESPN @ 7:00 p.m. Are you excited? You better be.

While the Bulls own a rather mediocre pick at the #17 spot, there may be some hidden gems hanging out around there. Whether the pick is Avery Bradley or James Anderson, it doesn't really matter. The Bulls are in a great spot (the best spot) to land a top notch free agent this summer. Speaking of free agents, LeBron James to Chicago rumors were in full effect yesterday after former NBA player and current ESPN analyst, Jalen Rose posted this on this Twitter account:

"my sources say that it is almost CERTAIN that LEBRON JAMES WILL NOT be returning to the CAVS! (Bulls/Heat/Clips)"

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"as of 2day the Bulls have the best chance of landing LBJ...Miami would need to make more roster moves...Clips have a punchers chance! "

While I'm a firm believer of not reading into rumors posted on Twitter, you can't help but wonder how legit ESPN analyst's sources are. I would imagine pretty legit, especially a former player like Jalen Rose. I'm not getting my hopes up but I'm certainly excited.
There was also a major trade rumor that was posted last night by Chris Broussard and Chad Ford at ESPN that the Clippers and Bulls were talking a trade that would send Luol Deng and the 17th pick to Los Angeles for the #8 pick. I'm assuming we would attempt to draft Xavier Henry if we had this pick which was something I was pretty okay with about 3 or 4 months ago. This would also save the team a ton of money and put the Bulls in a position to be about 2 million short of a 2nd max contract. Would Chris Bosh take a pay cut? Doubt it, but it would definitely look appealing to LeBron if the Bulls possibly get David Lee or Joe Johnson first.

With the Miami Heat trading away Brian Cook & their draft pick to the Thunder yesterday, I put them in a slightly better position than the Bulls. They now how the cap space to re-sign Dwayne Wade, sign LeBron James along with a 2nd tier kind of player such as Joe Johnson or David Lee. It'll be interesting to see how the Bulls respond to that this evening. It should be noted that Bulls may draft a player at #17 for another team to package in a Luol Deng or Kirk Hinrich trade. However, I'm still standing by my word that Kirk will never be traded.

Draft at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN! It's gonna be a trade crazy night and you know some sort of blockbuster completely out of left field will happen. Very exciting indeed.