The Chicago Bulls are not yet done dealing as recent talks suggested that the team will likely make roster moves as the 2014 NBA trade deadline approaches.
Recent rumors suggested that the Bulls will consider trading Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich before the deadline.
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ESPN insider Chad Ford revealed that the Bulls are already talking to several teams about a potential trade involving Noah and Hinrich.
"Don't think so," Ford said when asked if the Bulls are done making moves this season during a chat session. "Lots of talk about those two (Noah and Hinrich) as well as Boozer. I've said this in several of our last Tank Ranks, management has made the decision to tank this season. Coach isn't on board, but they can keep taking cards out of his hand to play."
Sources said that the Phoenix Suns could be in the mix to acquire the veteran center, who is averaging 11.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season.
The Bulls are reportedly looking for future assets as part of their rebuilding process, and the Suns have a lot to offer to Chicago. The Suns have four first-round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, which is expected to be one of the deepest drafts in recent history.
Phoenix previously expressed desire to trade away picks this year in exchange for a proven veteran, who could contribute immediately and speed up their rebuilding. Pairing Noah with emerging star Eric Bledsoe could push the Suns over the hump according to several NBA analysts.
But aside from the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers, who are also looking to retool their lineup moving forward, could also enter the bidding war for Noah. However, the Lakers do not have attractive assets aside from the expiring contract of Pau Gasol, which could be use by the Bulls to create more cap space next summer.
On the other hand, USA Today previously reported that the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings are both interested in acquiring Hinrich.
The Warriors are looking to shore up their backcourt rotation and decrease the pressure on the shoulders of starting point guard Stephen Curry, while the Kings view Hinrich as the perfect veteran mentor to their emerging starting point guard Isaiah Thomas.