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April 20, 2014 Updates

Both Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are going into the “poison pill” season of their contracts. But if Houston were to trade them, it would remove only the average salary of Asik and Lin’s contract ($8 million) from the books rather than the $30 million that the players (combined) will make in 2014-15. So both Houston and Chicago would have to make major roster alterations if they want to sign Anthony as a free agent. ESPN.com

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Hinrich has generated the most interest, according to league sources. In the last year of his deal, several contenders, including Golden State, have inquired. However rival executives believe that with Chicago in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race the Bulls are unlikely to deal Hinrich, if for no other reason than the further gutting of the roster could deepen the divide between head coach Tom Thibodeau and the front office. SI.com

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All is quiet. Several sources indicated that the trade deadline could be a quiet one, and that was backed by Bulls vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman last week. “You have to put yourself in the other team’s position,’’ Paxson said. “People just don’t give up great players.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 14, 2014 Updates

Death, taxes, and the Chicago Bulls using the amnesty provision to cut ties with Carlos Boozer this summer. All of them are about as certain as things come in life, though on the TNT broadcast of the Bulls/Nets game Thursday night, Craig Sager dropped a little bombshell that has since shaken Bulls fans to their cores: Chicago might not amnesty Boozer this summer after all. “After Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland earlier this year, Boozer began to wonder about his own future with the team,” Sager explained. “He told me tonight that he has been assured that he will not be traded by next week’s deadline, nor will the team buy out the final of his contract this summer unless they can land a superstar which is too good to pass up.” Basketball Insiders

Although Carlos Boozer started all 46 games he has played this year, he is down to a career low 2.8 minutes in the 4th quarter. And after Luol Deng was traded to Cleveland earlier this year, Boozer began to wonder about his own future with the team. He told me tonight that he has been assured that he will not be traded by next week's deadline, nor will the team buyout the final year of his contract this summer UNLESS they can land a superstar which is too good to pass up. SB Nation

February 13, 2014 Updates
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In the end, the Cavaliers used Bynum's contract and first-round picks to trade for Chicago's Luol Deng. To keep Deng in free agency this summer, the Cavaliers will probably have to exceed his market value. Letting Deng walk would be too embarrassing, considering how steep a price they paid to acquire him. Deng is a relentlessly positive person, but he hates losing and will be a premium free-agent target for several contending franchises. Yahoo! Sports

February 5, 2014 Updates

This is more exception than rule in professional sports. Just ask Mike Dunleavy, who has joked he leads the league in playing for dysfunctional teams. On his fourth team in his 12th season, Dunleavy has appreciated plying his trade in an environment as serious as this one. "You have a lot of sensitive guys in this league," Dunleavy said. "You have to have the right group of guys to do (what we do). We have veterans here who have been through a lot and that sets the tone. "There's just a common respect among everybody in which guys get on each other and nobody takes it personally. Just kind of the next play, 'OK, I hear you.' Everybody checks their ego at the door. It's a good group to be a part of." Chicago Tribune

Noah agrees. "It's the character," he said. "It's all about how you deal with adversity. We've shown that when things get hot, some people quit or get frustrated with one another. The more the adversity, the more we show that we take our games to another level." Noah, of course, often serves as the emotional barometer. What makes that work is that the two-time All-Star doesn't place himself above criticism either, as long as it's directed toward improvement. "He's a passionate guy," Dunleavy said. "He can say stuff to us. We can say stuff back to him. It's all good." Chicago Tribune

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