posted 9 years ago
Chicago has had dialogue with the Lakers regarding Kobe Bryant, but proposals were not made. Do the Bulls want Bryant? Yes. Would they give up Luol Deng in a package? Not on Jerry Reinsdorf's life! John Paxson pictures Bryant and Deng as a reincarnation of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. But management has no intention of draining its assets to recreate such scintillating symmetry.
As currently constructed, the Bulls are one of the favorites to come out of the East, number one, in fact, in the minds of many. At the same time, they're selling out. And they've got six championship banners flapping in the rafters.
If there's no pressure to make a deal, why disrupt good karma? Why risk a chemical imbalance by importing a potentially selfish superstar carrying a conveyer belt of baggage? To keep a tough competitor in your conference from acquiring Bryant, perhaps; then it might make sense to take the plunge.
The Mavericks also have genuine interest in Bryant, but making a bad deal to get him does not interest them. Dirk Nowitzki is untouchable, according to Mark Cuban. Guaranteed, he's not about weakening his team's core, either.
Everybody with access to a computer, a microphone or a phone is guessing which teams are bidding and which players they're offering.
For example, Dallas supposedly is using Josh Howard and Devin Harris (more likely Jason Terry; I can play this game, too) and a throwaway or two.