The Chicago Bulls Make Moves Towards the Future

February 19th, 2010 by Josh Herman Leave a reply »
As the NBA trade deadline loomed all week, Bulls fans were wondering if their team would get a marquee (or post-marquee) player like Tracy McGrady or Ray Allen. 

So on Thursday when trades for the season were put to a halt, it was surprising to see that names like Hakim Warrick, Joe Alexander, and Acie Law were causing critics to jump for joy.  Or was it?

Sure.  A team who is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference would traditionally be thinking about how to make themselves better at this point in the year.  But this trade season was clearly out of the ordinary. 

Only one top-tier team made an addition that will help them out this season (Cleveland).  The rest stayed clear of the dealings in light of what could be the most impact-filled free agent class ever.

Realizing that the Bulls weren't championship contenders as the roster stood just a week ago, GM Gar Forman decided to part ways with a couple of headaches.  First was the deal that sent John Salmons (and his $5.8 million player option) to the Milwaukee Bucks for two former first team All-Big East-ers Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) and Joe Alexander (West Virginia).

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