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Bulls VP Paxson says team’s only deadline move will be to get Derrick Rose back

Jan 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

The Bulls have done an excellent job remaining more than relevant with Derrick Rose sidelined for the entire season to this point, as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Chicago is just a half-game behind the Nets for third in the East, a game and a half behind a Knicks team the Bulls have beaten three times already this season, and only three games out of first behind the defending champion Heat.

The Bulls have done it on the strength of their defense, along with two All-Star caliber performances this season from Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, as well as a massive increase in production from Carlos Boozer.

One or two more pieces offensively might push this Bulls team from the fringe to a legitimate championship contender. But help isn’t likely to be coming via trade — if Chicago is going to get over the hump, it’ll have to do it with their current roster intact.

From ESPNChicago.com:

“We’re up against what’s called a hard cap,” Paxson said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Chicago 1000. “In order for us to do something we’re not in a position to take on any real salary so we’re kind of limited in what we can do. I think our team has grown — it’s not always pretty, let’s face it; we’ve had some ugly games this year and that’s kind of who we are right now. But we do grind it out and play hard.

“You’re always on the lookout to do certain things, but I think our move hopefully will be bringing Derrick back into the fold.”

Rose’s return, if he ends up coming back anywhere near the level he was playing at during his MVP season in 2010-11, will be better than anything his team could do via trade before the Feb. 21 deadline comes and goes.

Still, Paxson will undoubtedly be involved in multiple trade discussions until then, just like every executive in the league. But the Bulls don’t have a lot of assets desired by other teams that they’d be willing to part with, so Rose’s return will be it in terms of player additions in Chicago before the end of the season.

  1. dadawg77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Boozer and rip/kirk for pau gasol

    • charlescub80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      No, Gasol doesn’t fit with either of these teams.

      • charlescub80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Also, 2 starters for a bench player?

      • dadawg77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I think Pau and Noah would work well together as Pau works well with his brother. As for 2 starters for one bench player, Kirk/Rich will be on the bench when Rose comes back so can’t really say two strarters. Gasol on the bench because the Lakers forcing D’Antoni system which can’t handle two bigs. This would be classic sell high move on the Bulls part.

        Major win in this trade for the Bulls escaping from having to amnesty Boozer this off season. Look at the Bulls roster, and you realized it’s setup to add big name in 2014-15 off season as they only have Rose, Noah, Gibson, maybe Butler replacing Deng and cheap rookie contracts on the books. Thus, I really don’t think Boozer is apart of that vision, his contract would prevent them from getting a name in 14 and this is the last year to amnesty so he will be this off-season. Since Gasol’s contract ends after next year, the Bulls would get an extra year of production for the same amount of cash.

        So since I think Gasol is better then he is showing in LA and makes the 2013-14 Bulls stronger, I would make the move.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      The Lakers would never do that. Not even drunk. Nobody wants Boozer.

      • charlescub80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Not even drunk? I didn’t think they would fire their head coach, then replace him with a coach who needs big men to RUN the floor. Nobody wants Boozer? The Bulls need Boozer. He is the inside presence they need opposite Noah. Taj is a very good young player. However, he doesn’t have the offensive skills needed to compliment Noah…yet….

        @dadawg,

        I’m not so sure why most people think the Bulls are automatically going to amnesty Boozer next season. If they are thinking this far ahead then they need to trade Deng NOW! I doubt that will happen, since, they had a chance to get Kobe and felt Deng was too valuable then. Most people also say they are going after a big name. Look how that panned out with Boozer. I then ask WHO will be this big name? Most free agents ( minus Lebron ) stay with their team for more $$$$. When 2014 comes around Boozer may be the best option once again.

  2. mazblast - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The current team is getting lot more than expected from the assets it has. Don’t mess with it!

  3. kingbeason52 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I cant wait to see Rose back! He is one of the more exciting players in the league. I think alot of people forget he is one of the better PG around. He also isnt a douchebag. One of the smallest players that can force himself around the rim. Hope to see him 100% healthy and on the court soon.

  4. mgscott - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Not a huge bulls fan but it’s good for the NBA when the bulls are contending

  5. dadawg77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Dengs contract is up after next year ago no need to move him yet. Let Butler improve and prove him self now. Reason for amnestying Boozer is its the last chance to and gives the Bulls more options including avoiding the tax. Even if they strike out in 14, Love might work in 15.

  6. knickstape84 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    No big name wants to come to Chicago. When ever these Big name players become FAs not one ever adds Chicago to the list of teams the want to play for. The Bulls gotta get another guy to take the pressure off Rose. 2nd Bulls fans trip me out for 2 years you think people want ya’ll scrubs for stars. Boozer NOBODY outside the Bulls would pay him that much to play for them. Deng is the best player you can trade and get anything. Noah is a decent 5 in a league where the 5 is virtually becoming none existing. He values very little with no offensive ability. Taj is the most overrated player on the team. If he ever gets put in the starting lineup he will become a straight bum. Hes good for The role he plays but he can’t start in the NBA consistently and they just gave him what 9 mill a year. CRAZY you give a replacable guy 9 mill a year. Nobody will take that contract. Everyone else is bums on that team nobody wants…. I hope Rose comes back and plays well. He us a modern day Allen Iverson…

    • itsthemelman82 - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Comments like this is why it’s fun being a Bulls fan in NYC. The Knicks did absolutely NOTHING last year except get bounced by Miami. The Knicks have more “stars” and what did that get them??? This year they’re finally playing defense & playing like a team and have looked better but they still CAN’T beat the Bulls! The Bulls have maybe the best team chemistry in the, they play defense better than any other team & they’ll be getting a league MVP back… They don’t need to make any moves! Let’s Go Bulls

      • philtration - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        But… but… Knick fans like to think they know something about basketball and winning.
        Don’t let reality spoil their dream.

      • knickstape84 - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Thats right over the past 5 years the Bulls and Knicks have won nothing. And Thats with your MVP. They will never beat Miami without out another scorer NEVER…. The Bulls matchup well with us cause we dont like physical play. But we Matchup well with Miami. And save me that you won 3 games this year crap. How that work out against Miami the past 2 years? Not well. What you do in the Regular season has no effect in the post season. You guys beat Miami 3 out of 4 than got waxed in 5 games so please STFU Bulls fans.

  7. madboss81 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I love the Bulls as they are. People just talk of dumping players when they are all playing so hard.. And winning!! What else you want from a team??

  8. undraftedstar - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    The only reason a big name wouldnt want to come to Chicago , they don’t want to play 2nd fiddle to Rose. Don’t worry the Bulls don’t want anybody off the knicks including Melo , the Bulls own them this year!

    • knickstape84 - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      You sound stupid saying the Bulls dont want Melo. Hang yourself fool

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