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MFFL
02-19-2003, 10:54 PM
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Sam Smith
On Pro Basketball
Bulls jockeying for Jones

Could it be that Jerry Krause is not on vacation?

With the NBA speeding toward Thursday's trading deadline, it appears as if a deal for Miami's Eddie Jones may be in play. League sources say the Bulls are among several teams talking with the Miami Heat about the high-scoring shooting guard.

Nothing seems imminent, however, because the Heat is intent on acquiring players with expiring contracts to reduce payroll and become a major player in this summer's free-agent market. The Bulls' only tradeable player whose contract expires after this season is Fred Hoiberg, who earns $1.4 million.

The preseason decision to pick up options on Jamal Crawford, Marcus Fizer and Dalibor Bagaric could prove damaging to the Bulls because each would have been more tradeable if he were in the final season of his contract.

The Heat wants at least $5 million in expiring contracts. The Bulls have found no takers for Crawford, Fizer or Eddie Robinson, although Robinson could go to Miami with Fizer in a Jones deal unless haggling over draft choices kills further talks.

The Atlanta Hawks are saying they'll deal Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Theo Ratliff. Miami is said to be interested, along with Golden State, Philadelphia, Memphis, Orlando and the New York Knicks.

Many teams are trying to unload large salaries to get luxury-tax relief. That could aid the Bulls' efforts if they're willing to take on a talented veteran who could solidify their roster and help make them a contender next season.

With the development of Tyson Chandler, the Bulls could be in position to field a lineup that has a three-guard rotation of Jones and youngsters Crawford and Jay Williams. Jalen Rose and Donyell Marshall would be at forward, and the Bulls could use their salary-cap exception for a veteran backup such as Elden Campbell, Tyrone Hill, P.J. Brown, Juwan Howard, Cliff Robinson or Robert Horry. Then Chandler and Eddy Curry could split time at center.

It certainly would be a lineup to compete in the Eastern Conference without delaying the development of the Bulls' young prospects. It also would suggest Krause is serious about finally making the Bulls competitive instead of the league's nursery school.

Jones, a three-time All-Star and four-time member of the all-defensive team, carries a maximum contract through 2006-07. The holdup in talks may be that Krause has convinced managing partner Jerry Reinsdorf that Chandler, Curry and Williams will require maximum contracts when they become free agents.

Although all may become good players, the consensus around the NBA is none fits the carry-the-team mold of star players who will get maximum deals within the league's new economics. With the salary cap expected to remain around $40 million, a team would need a payroll a bit more than $25 million to offer a player a maximum deal. It's not likely a team looking to use its salary-cap space for a star would go for Chandler, Curry or Williams with Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant becoming free agents in two years.

The likelihood is the Bulls could re-sign all three players for considerably less than maximum deals when the time comes. Plus, trading Eddie Robinson would relieve the Bulls of a long-term obligation to a player who's moderately productive at best.

Throwing in Fizer would almost match Jones' salary, at least for the next few years, while giving the Bulls a top defender and scorer who could share the scoring burden with Rose, their only true offensive threat.

But no one is sitting around waiting for the Bulls to make a move. Miami continues to talk with numerous teams about Jones and Brian Grant. Several teams are eager to deal, but most are finding roadblocks in economics and even personal matters.

Golden State is said to be trying to strike a massive deal involving several teams and up to a dozen players. The proposal would spread frontcourt players Erick Dampier, Danny Fortson and Adonal Foyle around the league and get the Warriors far enough below the salary cap to make a competitive offer to point guard Gilbert Arenas.

One insider, however, said Dallas' Mark Cuban is trying to block the deal because he wants his friend, Denver general manager Kiki Vandeweghe, to be able to acquire Arenas as a free agent this summer. If the Warriors are not below the salary cap, they can only offer Arenas the midlevel exception.

Memphis is trying to break its logjam at power forward, and Seattle continues to listen to offers for Gary Payton. Irony of ironies: long-troubled Derrick Coleman of the 76ers remains one of the most sought-after players because of his expiring $9.4 million contract. Most executives expect the 76ers to start the dealing soon.

OutletPass
02-20-2003, 01:05 AM
Looks like Sam is plagerizing ESPN...or writing under the Chad Ford nom de plume ?

Some of this is just word for word from ESPN and Ford ?

WHo's stealing from whom ?

jayC
02-20-2003, 09:01 AM
How ever you read a lot of game summaries they are basicaly the same thing.