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Bulls essentially confirm Hinrich deal

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After the selection of Kevin Seraphin, a 6-10 power forward from France, with the 17th pick of the first round, Bulls general manager Gar Forman released a statement and essentially confirmed the reported trade that will send Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick to the Washington Wizards.

"This evening we selected Kevin Seraphin with the 17th pick of the NBA draft," Forman said. "At this time, we are currently in discussions to trade our draft rights to Kevin Seraphin. However, we will not be able to complete a trade until after the moratorium period concludes on July 8.

"With that said, we are not at liberty to identify the team we are talking to or reveal any other specifics of potential trades. Therefore, we will have no comment on this selection until we have completed all trade discussions."

The trade was agreed upon Thursday afternoon, but can't be completed until July 8 when the Wizards will have the salary-cap room to take on Hinrich's $9 million salary for next season.

The Bulls will receive a future second-round pick in exchange.

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The bulls had better hope that they are able to sign one or more of the big name free agents or they are going to be in some trouble. They and several other teams have cleared a lot of cap space, but there are only so many free agents to go around. Who will play opposite Derick Rose in the back court. The bulls don't exactly have a plethora of guards behind Rose. They could have had a pretty good big guard in the draft and still went after LeBron James and/or Chris Bosh. I only think that James and Duane Wade are worth the max. They are game changers The other like Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire ect are not worth the max. They are very good players, but not worth the max. Without any of the big name free agents the bulls brass will still have a team that will be around .500. This and the other cap clearing deals will only work if a team is able to sign a top free agent. I think there are going to be some general managers that get fired after they are not able to sign a free agent and they don't have any players on their rosters.

This is only good if Lebron and another top free agent comes. Are we counting our eggs before they are hatched?

While this trade will all but certainly guarantee that the Bulls will leave this off-season with at least one additional marquee player, this trade leaves the team very vulnerable in the guard position. Currently, should Rose be injured, our primary back-up would be who? Pargo (assuming we resign him)? The big picture cannot be lost in the pursuit of one or two big players. Assuming Deng will be our starting SG if we score big and ink LeBron, we're still one injury away from having at least one NCAA quality guard in the rotation. I hope Gar & Pax aren't getting blinded by the allure of adding to Chicago's star power.

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