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Harrington to Bulls back in the rumor fires as NBA trade deadline approaches

Feb 14, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

The Tyrus Thomas to New York rumors were thought dead as time went on, but Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting the deal is experiencing a ‘Thriller’ like revival, with the same pieces in place. Al Harrington provides a two-birds, one-stone combination for the Bulls. His scoring ability at the forward position may not be rife with down-low ability, but for an offense that occasionally borders on apoplectic, he’s still sorely needed. And his expiring contract aids in their pursuit of the top-line free agents.

For the Knicks it means more salary dump and a promising young forward with hyper-athleticism to slot into D’Antoni’s system. While Thomas’ offensive fluency isn’t exactly staggering, he’s also less of a freezer point than Harrington. His option to opt-in might be considered a negative to some Knicks’ fans, but with the team without its first round draft pick (owned by Utah, thanks, Isiah!), this could indicate the Knicks are realizing they’re not as big a player this summer as we/they thought.

The Bulls meanwhile would have considerable depth at the forward position as well as a lot more flexibility. Brad Miller gives them scoring ability and a pinch post set that Vinny Del Negro loves to run into the ground, but isn’t terribly effective. The addition of Harrington would mean that with either Noah or Gibson on the floor, there would be a scoring threat in the 4-5 spots on the floor. Harrington’s defense would be the issue, but then, the expiring contract probably makes up for any gap there

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