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NBA Trade Deadline Update: Mayo and Lee Out; Who Will the Bulls Trade for?

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Sean O'DowdContributor IIIFebruary 24, 2011

With only 60 minutes to go before the NBA trade deadline, talks are starting to heat up.

ESPN is now reporting that OJ Mayo, Courtney Lee and Anthony Parker are all out as targets for the Chicago Bulls.

It is reported, however, that the Bulls are still talking with teams about making a trade and that a trade will happen.

The target is a so-called "mystery man," as no one is exactly sure who it could be. The usual targets are Rudy Fernandez and J.R. Smith, and several players could be mentioned, but it is unclear as to who exactly the Bulls are targeting. 

One player who would fit in well with the Bulls, but has not been mentioned whatsoever in trade talks, is James Harden.  While the acquisition of Harden is completely speculative, the Bulls are rumored to be in the market for a shooting guard, and Harden certainly is a "mystery man."

The Oklahoma City shooting guard was a high draft pick several years ago and does not get enough time on a talented Thunder roster. Harden is a big, athletic player who can make the long-range shot.

Harden would be the perfect backcourt complement to Derrick Rose, and although he is not a marquee name, he could push the Bulls over the edge as a competitor and help them contend for the NBA Finals this season.

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