Feb 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (left) drives into San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: In Which the Chicago Bulls Continue to Sit on Their Hands

As the NBA Trade Deadline draws ever nearer, things are starting to come into focus. Namely, that the Chicago Bulls are going to do precisely nothing today.

First, there was this from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

In some ways, this is actually a good thing. Much better that the Bulls keep Hamilton and either buy him out or try to trade him than give up an actual asset for him. It hurts Jerry Reinsdorf’s wallet, but screw him. The fact is that nobody really wants to take Rip, even without giving anything up for him.

Then, a few minutes later, we heard this from Ken Berger of CBS.

February 10, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) shoots a three pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 110-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This just makes me want to slam my face into a wall for a few hours. Let’s work through the logic, here.

  1. The Bulls would like to have J.J. Redick on their team this season.
  2. They attempted to trade for him, but discovered getting someone actually good would require them to give up a draft pick, which they won’t do.
  3. They decided that having an actual good player on their team would be too expensive going forward, so they wouldn’t re-sign him.

It seriously boggles the mind. The Bulls could easily put together a Hamilton and Marco Belinelli package, sweeten it with a first-rounder — or possibly the pick the Bulls acquired from Charlotte in the Tyrus Thomas trade a few years ago — and get Redick, who is basically perfect for this team, by the way. But they won’t do it, and not because they don’t recognize that Redick would help them, but because he would ruin their precious “flexibility” going forward.

At this point, I don’t even get mad. I’m just sad, now.

OK, I’m also a little mad. OK, a lot mad. Would it be too much to ask for at least some effort from the front office?

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