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Bulls intrigued by Butler, Richardson, Crawford

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Bulls intrigued by Butler, Richardson, Crawford

By Nina Falcone
CSNChicago.com

Wednesday was the first day NBA teams had been allowed to contact agents since June 30, the day before the lockout began. The Bulls have been actively seeking out certain free agents that their rosters would benefit from.

Among the list are Jamal Crawford, Jason Richardson, and Caron Butler.

The Chicago Tribune Live team sat down with Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen to discuss possible targets the Bulls have their eye on.

"If they have any hope of getting past Miami, and really the East looks like its just going to come down to Chicago and Miami this year, they're going to have to score," Thomsen said. "What they would get in Jason Richardson would be the ability to not only get threes but also score in transition and be an explosive guy--a poor man's Ray Allen a little bit."

Jamal Crawford is noted for his exceptional offensive abilities, but has been knocked for poor defensive skills. He averaged 14.2 points off Atlanta's bench last season and his high scoring talents have resulted in multiple teams fighting to get him on their roster.

Thomsen described Butler as being "more of a half-court player who would give the Bulls some of the toughness that they like."

Carlos Boozer's contributions on the court become another topic of discussion going into this shortened season.

"He's been a very up and down player and the inconsistency has always come down to injuries. While he's shown that he gets hurt a lot, he's also shown he bounces back. When he's healthy, he plays at a high level again," Thomsen said.

"If he's healthy this year, then I think the Bulls can expect him to play at a high level. If they're getting the kind of production he used to give as an All Star player, then that's almost going to be like signing a free agent all over again."
Which free agent to do think the Bulls would benefit most from?

How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?

Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.