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Monday, July 16th, 2018



Do I like the trade? Somewhat. Do I like the increased opportunities it brings Bulls’ GM John Paxson? Very much. And that’s why this trade is excellent.

Gooden and Hughes are not excellent players. To call them journeymen is probably accurate at this point. But they both can help the Bulls–on the floor or in other deals. The big harpage on one local sports radio show yesterday was “How does this deal bring the Bulls closer to a championship?” The answer is simple. You and I don’t know yet. But it clears a path.

What we do know is that this allows Thomas, Noah and even Aaron Gray to get more minutes. We know that with the acquisition of Hughes, Ben Gordon could be a sign and trade over the summer. We know the Bulls got a lot younger. We know they got better offensively. And we know that they got something for a player that I thought no team would even want.

There is quite a bit to be excited about if you are a Bulls fan. Are we closer to a championship today? Perhaps. But the road to get there opened up a bit. Now is the time for Pax to go to work.

  • dhaab

    Boy, the Bulls kool-aid is surely flowing in the Zoner today.

    So now you think no team would even want Big Ben? LOL A few weeks ago you wrote a blog about what an important player he is during the playoffs and that’s what makes him so special. So, wouldn’t that mean a few of the potential playoff teams may want him?

    How can you say this is an excellent deal? Hughes has just as much of an albatross salary as Wallace. And he has numerous issues with his game as well.

    You sure are giving Paxson a huge pass here, Matt. He blew it BIG TIME by not trading the players he had for Gasol or Bryant. Now the value of Gordon, Deng and Hinrich are as low as they’ve ever been. He should have struck while the iron was hot.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Easy, Francis. I didn’t think they would find commensurate value for a player of that age and salary. That Paxson was able to find another team to make a fairly even trade is to be commended.

    As for the Gasol and Bryant stuff, if in fact he could have made those trades then of course he blew it. Signs point to yes on Gasol but no on Bryant.

  • dhaab

    What did I tell you about calling me Francis? ;)

    Okay, I’ll try to lighten up. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Our big toe…Sgt. Hulka.

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