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Pax Speaks About Trades and Bulls' Summer Plans

Michael Gibbons@DachicagofanCorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2010

18 JUN 1993:  JOHN PAXSON OF THE CHICAGO BULLS HITS A THREE POINTER IN A GAME AGAINST THE SUNS Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ALLSPORT
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John Paxson, vice president of basketball operations, spoke at half time of the Bulls awful loss to the Wizards last night on ESPN 1000.

I refuse to talk about the game because let's be honest it was a very bad loss to a equally bad team that may have the Bulls on the outside looking in come playoff time. I will say one quick thing, Derrick Rose needs the ball in his hands. After he single handily brought them back from being down after they blew their halftime lead with them down by 1 with 1:55 left in the game and then they don't score another point while losing to the Wiz 101-95.

Ok back to Pax. He had some interesting things to say about free agency and why the Bulls should be appealing to teams.

"We know there's no certainty in [free agency],"  "There are a lot of teams with cap space, but our view is we have an All-Star player in Derrick Rose; we have an up-and-coming outstanding center in Joakim Noah; a dependable, very good small forward -- definitely a top-10 small forward in the league -- in Luol Deng, and we have Taj [Gibson], who's been terrific."

Really is Deng a top ten small forward?

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"You factor in this is Chicago, and we have a great history, it's a great city and there are opportunities outside of basketball if they want them. We think we're sitting in a very nice position to try to attract."

Can Chicago compete with LA (Clippers), Miami and New York (Knicks and Nets)? Also is the pull enough to pull guys out of Phoenix, Miami and Toronto?

When talking about making the trades to secure cap space he had this to say:

"We still have a long way to go, and we have to determine our strategy and those types of things, which will evolve over the next several months because we really can't do anything until July 1"  "But we have to be prepared for that day, and we will be."

I think other teams have the same plan, max contract to the big guys and see if you could get another to follow.

"But where we were sitting before the trade deadline would not have allowed us to go after the highest level of free agent out there, given our financial situation we had. The deal we made on Thursday allowed us to be in that position."

I assume he is talking about the Salmons trade since that was the move that really cleared space.

He also made sure to say the team wasn't waving the white flag by making these deals.

"We wanted to remain competitive this season and try to make the playoffs" "There are a lot of situations that are happening now the way the league is set up, that teams are forced to make financial deals that don't allow them to be competitive. It's really too bad, because it's not fair to the fan. We all know our fans are outstanding."

"I think adding Hakim Warrick and Flip Murray allows us to be very, very competitive, and depending on how the group comes together, we can have some fun the last 28 games or so. There's some luck that goes into some of these things, but we feel real, real fortunate how it all turned out."

This is really the most we have heard from Pax since passing on the GM duties to Gar Foreman over the summer so it was nice to finally hear him have something to say.

Check out more of my Bulls thoughts here

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