Amico On Aldridge, Turner, Bulls, Thornton

Sam Amico of FOX Sports has tons of great stuff in his latest column, let’s dive in and check out some of the highlights..

  • LaMarcus Aldridge was all over Hoops Rumors this summer with talk of dissatisfaction with the Blazers and trade demands, but it sounds like we can finally put that to rest.  Aldridge, who looks like the best power forward in the league so far this season, appears to be content with his 12-2 club.
  • There is some relevance to a suggested potential trade involving the 76ers and Cavs, according to league sources.  Philly is likely to shop small forward Evan Turner, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, and the Cleveland is exploring the idea of landing a starting-caliber small forward. It could be a good match, depending on the Cavs’ desire to gamble on the uncertainty of Turner’s contract.  The possibility also exists the Sixers will hold on to Turner and re-sign him in the summer as he has played well and been a team leader under new coach Brett Brown.
  • However, Cavs GM Chris Grant is not actively trying to make a deal, even though he likes to make trades and is always willing to listen.
  • League sources believe Kings swingman Marcus Thornton is available.  Thornton is a talented scorer, but a less-than-stellar defender and has fallen out of Michael Malone‘s rotation.
  • The Derrick Rose-less Bulls could shake things up.  Chicago still wants to win and get into the playoffs, sources say, but if things head south quickly, they could gut the roster and aim for a high lottery pick to pair with Rose when he returns.  A team source says if the Bulls trade Luol Deng, they would have to get what they consider a steal (a young player and picks) to move him within the Eastern Conference.  The asking price from a Western team wouldn’t be as high.
  • One league source said that as of today, the Bulls won’t even think about what to do with Deng until the trade deadline nears.
  • Guards Richard Hamilton, Shannon Brown, and Kendall Marshall remain unsigned, but they’re all drawing interest from several teams.  League sources expect Brown and Marshall to sign somewhere by the New Year, and Hamilton perhaps not long after that.
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