Thibodeau: A trade involving Bulls would shock me
By Joe Cowley Staff Reporter February 19, 2014 8:55PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 2:31AM
TORONTO — The NBA trade deadline will come and go Thursday afternoon. Any noise coming from the Bulls will be crickets.
Coach Tom Thibodeau repeated that Wednesday, saying even he would be caught off guard if a move came.
‘‘Yeah, I would,’’ he said. ‘‘You just lock into what you have. It doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot of movement, so I feel real good about the guys we do have.’’
Thibodeau said he spoke to general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson Wednesday, and while the Bulls’ phones were busy, they always are at this time of year.
‘‘I talked to Gar and John just to see what their take is,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s about it.’’
One Bulls player to keep an eye on is Kirk Hinrich. The New York Knicks have been looking to add a point guard and are running out of options.
Moving Hinrich, however, would leave the Bulls with just one point guard in D.J. Augustin.
Hello, Mike James.
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey admittedly has tried to get his team to play defense like the Bulls, and that means bringing a certain physicality to the court.
‘‘Tom has done a great job of creating a culture of toughness,’’ Casey said. ‘‘They’re one of the most physical and best defensive teams in the league.
‘‘We’re still working to get to their physicality. They’re ahead of the class.’’