John Paxson Rumors
What about trading up? Could that Grizzlies pick at four be worth putting together a package? “That’s a long way off,” Paxson says. “We may not even want to do that, and it’s hard to do — to trade up — unless you have something really valuable. “Obviously, you’d love to get up there so you can control things for your franchise. But we got Lauri [Markkanen] last year at seven. I’m very confident that we’ll get a player that we like a lot and will fit the direction we’re heading with the seventh pick.”
Standing in the middle of a media scrum overflowing with local reporters, Paxson is asked if he’s opposed to selecting a player who plays a position the Bulls already have filled — essentially point guard, shooting guard and power forward. “Absolutely not,” he says. “We talk about needs, and we obviously have some needs that I’ve spoken about before,” Paxson continues. “But most times we’ve gone down our board and the best player available, we’ve taken.”
Mike McGraw: Paxson: “The game is at such a state now where versatility is a big thing, especially at the wing. You look at some of the teams still playing, how versatile they are.” #Bulls
Armstrong represents Derrick Rose, Denzel Valentine, Draymond Green and Suns promising rookie Josh Jackson, among many others. He negotiated Rose’s monster, $185 million lifetime deal with Adidas. And ne now gets to do a different kind of business with Reinsdorf and Paxson, his former backcourt competitor on the Bulls’ first three-peat team. “It hasn’t been awkward at all. Actually, it’s been quite pleasant,” Armstrong said of negotiating with the Bulls. “I consider Jerry (Reinsdorf) a mentor. And I consider John a friend. I’ve known John for almost 30 years.”
KC Johnson: Pax: “Fred will be back, absolutely.” This has been reported before. But first time he has said so publicly.