Bulls stand pat at NBA trade deadline

Bulls stand pat at NBA trade deadline
February 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
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The league trade deadline came and went, and the Bulls team fans have been watching this season is here to stay for the remainder of the campaign.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau's words after Wednesday afternoon's practice at the Berto Center proved prophetic.

"It’s part of the business. There are distractions at any time, whether it’s holiday season, back-to-backs, trade deadline. For every 100 trades that get talked about, one gets done," he said. "A lot of it is misinformation, people just throwing stuff out there. You have no control over it. Just go out and do your job. We like the guys we have here on our team. We’re planning to move forward with the guys we do have."

The organization was unable to find a taker for Rip Hamilton, let alone Carlos Boozer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, and is now set to pay the NBA's luxury tax for the first time in franchise history.

The Bulls were also reportedly in the market for sharpshooter J.J. Redick, but the former Orlando shooting guard was traded to Central Division rival Milwaukee.

The deadline was quiet around the league in general, which seems surprising on its face, but is really reflective of the NBA's collective-bargaining agreement, as teams are wary of punitive repercussions for exceeding the league's luxury tax, as well as being a repeat violator.

Marquee names such as Josh Smith, who was expected to be dealt by Atlanta, remained with their current teams, signaling that player movement will occur next summer during the league's free-agency period in July.