Posts Tagged ‘cedric simmons

18
Feb
09

Trade! Nocioni and Gooden for Miller and Salmons

Bulls get Brad Miller and John Salmons for Nocioni, Gooden and Simmons.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3916703

This is bittersweet. We were all excited for Amare, which even if you don’t like him, was a tantalizing possibility. Then that falls apart and we get this. Meh.

My snap reaction is that this trade will help the Bulls win more games this season and next than they would have, but it won’t take them anywhere special. I have to assume the thinking is make the playoffs to get Derrick Rose that much needed experience early on in his career.

I’m going to miss Noce though. I’m going to have to buy a new Bulls jersey. Sam Smith wrote multiple times this season – and I noticed on my own watching TV – that Nocioni seemed oddly frustrated all season. I think the losing was finally getting to him. He was a winner in Spain and on so many Agentine national teams that I think it got him down. It’s sad too because he’s not going to be winning in Sacramento.

K.C. Johnson also noted in multiple mailbags that Nocioni was far and away the most popular player amongst his teammates.

Other thoughts are that Aaron Gray’s minutes are gone, Joakim Noah will get way less PT which may very well hamper his recent improvement, and any thoughts of re-signing Ben Gordon are long gone. Miller is signed through next year at around $13 million. Unless another trade is made to dump salary (Hinrich to Minnesota for expiring contracts?), there’s nothing left for Ben.

Check back for more information and reactions in the near future.

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17
Feb
09

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.

21
Feb
08

Snap judgements about the Ben Wallace trade

I hate to take on Larry Hughes’ contract but it’s actually not as bad as Ben Wallace’s was.

The Cavs were asking for Chris Duhon.  The Bulls were saying they didn’t want Hughes.  That looks like the compromise of the trade.  I’m glad they kept Du because even if they let him go in the offseason, he’ll be very valuable this season if the Bulls can sneak into the playoffs.

At least the throw ins Chicago ended up with, Simmons and Brown, are both young and thus hopefully have upside.  I haven’t seen them play enough to know.

Losing Joe Smith hurts, but obviously was a necessary part of this trade.  He’s been the Bulls most consistent player this season and they will miss him.  Drew Gooden is a solid play though and should help.  I would have preferred Duhon was included instead of Gooden and I think it made more sense for the Cavs.  They need a PG and Du is a solid true PG.  He’s not a great scorer, but with LeBron that’s not a problem.  My only guess at why they went for Smith is his higher salary was needed to make the salaries match up.

Finally, and most importantly, getting rid of Ben Wallace was ESSENTIAL.  He may decide to start trying again now that he’s been traded to Cleveland, but he was poison to this Bulls team.  He seems like a good guy and all, but getting paid the money he was on a team full of young players and still only playing hard 1 out of every 6 games was killing this team.  It was causing apathy to spread through the youngsters like wildfire.  Thank goodness somebody was desperate enough to take him off of the Bulls’ hands.

Now if Chicago can just somehow rejuvenate Larry Hughes’ career they’ll be set . . .




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