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Bulls Thu Feb 18 2010

Bulls Trade Salmons to Milwaukee

Goodbye, John. Hello, Hakim and Joe? Although not finalized, all indications are suggesting that middling small forward John Salmons will be shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks for power forward Hakim Warrick and spare part Joe Alexander. The deal is seen as largely a salary dumping move for Chicago as the Bulls no longer are on the books for the guaranteed 5.8 million Salmons was to earn next season. Furthermore, Warrick and Alexander are both free agents this summer, providing additional cap space for the Bulls to use on one (or two) of the many excellent free agents available this offseason: Dwyane Wade, LeBron James (NOT likely), Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay...the list goes on.

As far as immediate on-the-court impacts go, this trade won't be helping too much. Salmons, for all of his head-slapping, bafflingly poor shot selection, he was a major component of the Bulls "offense." Warrick and Alexander are not what one would call offensive weapons, threats, or even factors. So, yeah, ouch. Still Warrick at least provides some bench depth at the power forward position until Joakim Noah can recover from his ongoing struggles with plantar fascitis. However, unless a Tyrus Thomas trade completed in the 11th hour before the trade deadline provides a legit scorer, the offensive burden for Derrick Rose and Luol Deng just got way heavier.

 
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