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Bulls Trade Rumors Tracker: Latest Updates Ahead of 2015 NBA Trade Deadline

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 12 Feb 2015

The Chicago Bulls have a stacked, deep roster that appears to be built for a deep playoff run. It would be surprising to see a major shakeup before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline, but rumors suggest Chicago may add a new piece to a potential championship puzzle.Continue on for updates.Bulls Reportedly Interested in Arron AfflaloWednesday, Feb. 11The Denver Nuggets are as dysfunctional of a team as there is in the Association at the moment. Coach Brian Shaw is reading books on how to relate to the millennial generation, per CNN's Rachel Nichols, so the Nuggets should be in full fire-sale mode.ESPN insider Ramona Shelburne reports that the Bulls are one of the many teams interested in Afflalo despite the steep compensation Denver is requesting in return:Shelburne also weighed in on the Nuggets' thinking behind the big price:Since Afflalo can opt out of his contract at the end of this season, he is a prime trade candidate so that Denver can get something back instead of letting him walk free this summer.The news that Denver is seeking a first-round pick for Afflalo was originally reported byChris DempseyofThe Denver Post.But considering the caliber of teams reportedly involved in talking about Afflalo, is that such a steep price to pay'In Chicago's case, if all goes according to plan, that pick is going to be quite late in the first round, where it's rare to find a quality player. Unless Denver can leverage a sweet protected-pick deal, any team involved should consider adding Afflalo to the fold.The only problem is that Afflalo will command a considerable payday on the open market, and the Bulls already have to deal with Jimmy Butler's prospective new contract.Swingman Tony Snell has stepped up as of late, netting 24 points in 41 minutes in the team's most recent win over Sacramento. Acquiring another perimeter player just as Snell seems to be hitting his stride doesn't make much sense, especially since it's not guaranteed that Afflalo would stick with Chicago.Multiple Reports Deny Taj Gibson Being ShoppedFriday, Feb. 6The Gibson rumor is the only other one that has gained much traction as of late, only to be ultimately dismissed.Conflicting information has surfaced regarding Gibson's availability. Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported that five teams were at least kicking the tires on Gibson, but multiple reliable media personalities have suggested Gibson isn't on the block.Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports told CBS Chicago on Feb. 6 that he didn't believe Gibson was for sale, though he did acknowledge the substantial cap hit and how that could be a factor:I haven't heard that in my conversations with team executives. I've heard about a lot of names coming up in trade talks. His has not been one of them. [...] Do they have to look at the cap and make a decision on Taj' It's possible. But I don't know that they have to do that now. I haven't heard anything along those lines that they were looking to shake it up that way. That doesn't mean its not true, but I havent heard one team mention to me that they felt Taj was available.Another source revealed to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times on Feb. 6 that the Bulls hadn't made any calls to shop Gibson, citing Joakim Noah's precarious health situation.Gibson brings more quickness to the floor than Pau Gasol and is indeed a key cog in the frontcourt rotation as a shot-blocker, help defender, rebounder and he even scores in double digits. Gasol isn't getting any younger, and Noah's insistence to play through pain threatens to make him less effective in the postseason.Tweaking the Bulls' chemistry at this point seems illogical. Derrick Rose is healthy, Pau Gasol is having a renaissance in the Eastern Conference and Butler has developed into a star.As Rose hinted after the win over the Kings, the current squad is still trying to jell as is, via Bulls.com's Sam Smith:The Bulls are built to win right now. Forget the cap situation until after the season. They haven't had a healthy Rose playing in meaningful games for a while, and this is finally a chance for Chicago's nucleus of the past several years, which features Gibson as a fixture, to see what it truly has.There is no dilemma with regard to keeping Gibson or not. It's a no-brainer decision to hold onto him for at least the rest of the year and give the Bulls their fair due to compete for a Larry O'Brien Trophy.
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