Trade rumor frustration

I have to admit, I’m getting pretty sick of this.

Look, I was on the fence about the whole rumored Amare deal in the first place. However, how many years in a row can the Bulls be on the verge of getting a quality big at the trade deadline only to have it fall through.

First it was KG, then it was Gasol and finally Stoudemire. You know all those attractive, young assets on the Bulls roster that keep them in these trade rumors every year? Yeah, well it seems like they’re going to be NBA veterans by the time anything gets done.

Now this morning there’s some rumor about a three way trade with Toronto and Phoenix. Tell me why in the world the Raptors would be interested in turning Chris Bosh into Amare Stoudemire? They both can opt out after next season. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, they’re similar talents. Why would Toronto want to make this lateral move in terms of talent and contracts while ending up with the less popular, higher maintenance guy with a previously injured knee? Not happening.

Finally, the thing that drives me crazy every year, is how the Bulls continue to lose assets for nothing. Expiring contract are always valuable and have become insanely valuable this season. Make something happen. So Paxson is stepping down, well someone else has to do it. Get it done.

Tyson Chandler turned into P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith who turned into . . . nothing.

Knicks starting PG, Chris Duhon? Nothing.

Ben Wallace and Joe Smith were turned into Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes and Cedric Simmons. Now Gooden (and Simmons, but who cares) is on the verge of turning into nothing at the end of the season when he can leave as a free agent. Hughes might be a valuable chip next year with his expiring contract, but based on past non-moves, we don’t have much reason to be optimistic.

Oh yeah, and Ben Gordon is an unrestricted free agent this summer too. He can’t be traded without his consent this season because he’d lose his Bird Rights, so it’s too late to do anything about it. I’ve read rumors the Thunder are holding a spot and money for him. With the way negotiations have gone with the Bulls the last two years, I get the feeling Gordon would take less money in order to get out of town.

Good times.

At least there’s always Derrick Rose.

2 Responses to “Trade rumor frustration”

  1. 1 312chill
    February 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    ESPNs Chad Ford has similar feelings about the prospect of a Bulls trade:

    Mucha (CP): Who do the Bulls end up with by Friday?

    SportsNation Chad Ford: (1:16 PM ET ) Right now, it doesn’t look good folks. They were seriously in the Stoudemire talks, but it sounds like they’ve cooled down. Bosh isn’t happening. I don’t see any other scenario that’s cooking for them right now.


  2. 2 312chill
    February 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    commenting on my own post is kind of strange but, whatever. Another interesting tidbit in Chad Ford’s chat:

    Cameron, Chicago: I previously read that OKC was going to be gunning for Ben Gordon this summer. Does the trade for Chandler change that?

    SportsNation Chad Ford: (1:36 PM ET ) Depending on where they pick in the draft, the team will still have something like $7 to $8 million in cap space left. That’s probably more than enough to get Ben Gordon.

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