Chicago Bulls Talking to Denver Nuggets About JR Smith, Not Carmelo Anthony

December 15th, 2010 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
The Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls are in conversations about the Bulls acquiring JR Smith, according to ESPN. This is at least one step beyond who the Bulls might be considering. Now, the question is, how much they might be paying? Another related question, is it worth it?

To the first question, I've looked at the salaries and it basically comes down to the Bulls sending the Nuggets enough salary to get back $6 million. Keep in mind that there is the trade exception rule, which allows a club to gain up to 125 percent of the salaries of the players they are trading.

Furthermore, the Bulls have about $1.12 million left under the cap according to hoopshype. What that means is that the Bulls need to send about $3.8 million in salary to the Nuggets to make the trade work. 

We also have to consider that the goal is to get better, not worse. There are certain players that are either more important to the Bulls, or simply not worth Smith. Kyle Korver is too important to the present team to trade. The Bulls need his sharpshooting. He was the first signing after LeBron James' decision and it was an indication of his importance to the team.

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