When the NBA trade deadline was in the 11th hour, many were looking at the Chicago Bulls to see if they were going to make one of the moves they were rumored to be making. The Rockets were interested in Mike Dunleavy and the Golden State Warriors were still after Kirk Hinrich to fill their need at guard behind Steph Curry.
But the Bulls stood pat and made no moves at the deadline. They’re now under the tax, have a couple of first-round picks and have retained a guy they actually covet more than people think.
According to Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson, the Bulls never really intended to trade Mike Dunleavy and all rumors where just fabricated smoke.
Despite some rumors, the Bulls showed no desire to move Mike Dunleavy because he’s an affordable rotation player who fits next season.
Chicago also never intended to make any moves that got them closer to or put them back into the tax. By dumping Loul Deng, Andrew Bynum and Marquis Teague, the Bulls saved cash and skated through the deadline otherwise unscathed.