As word spread yesterday that Phoenix and Cleveland were working on a trade that would send Shaquille O'Neal to the Cleveland Cavs where he would presumably help out LeBron James, there were plenty of other teams being tossed around. Including our Bulls. Even though ESPN didn't list the Bulls as a major player in the "Shaq Sweepstakes" - and one has to wonder how much a winner the team that lands the 37-year-old O'Neal would really be - The Arizona Republic says otherwise.
It seems the Suns are interested in the Bulls' Luol Deng. According to their report, O'Neal would head to Chicago in exchange for Deng, Tim Thomas, and another player. The reasoning? In the longish run, the Bulls would then look to dump Shaq's salary in trades next season in a bid to clear up cap space to bring in a big free agent like Dwyane Wade in next year's huge free agent class (which includes Chris Bosh and the aforementioned King James). The Republic continues, "And we can't dismiss anything from Chicago, considering the relationships that Suns General Manager Steve Kerr has with Bulls General Manager John Paxson and coach Vinny Del Negro." Hmmm. We figure the Bulls would make a play for one of next year's big fish, but we don't see the benefits of giving away three players for a Shaq that's 60 percent the Shaq of old. Are we wrong?
Grossman faces a struggle in Houston -
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman wants to be a starter again.
First, he'll have to make the roster with his new team, the Houston Texans.
Grossman, who signed with the Texans as a free agent last week, joined the team on the opening day of a three-day minicamp to compete for the third quarterback spot behind starter Matt Schaub and Dan Orlovsky.
"It's just an opportunity for me to be in this league and get to where I want to be," Grossman said after the more than hourlong workout. "I'm going to work as hard as I can."
Grossman led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 but has worked mostly as a backup.
He'll compete with Alex Brink for the third quarterback spot. But coach Gary Kubiak isn't sure if he'll carry three quarterbacks into the season, so the 2003 first-round pick will have to impress to earn a spot on the roster.