posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 09:52 AM
The Phoenix Suns have traded away the No. 7 pick in Thursday's draft to the Chicago Bulls. In the process, the Suns may be out of the running for
The trade, which won't be announced until Thursday, will give the Suns one of the Bulls' second-round picks (No. 31), a future first-rounder and an
undisclosed sum of cash in return for the pick.
The move is no surprise on one front -- the Bulls have been looking for a second lottery pick. They have had an infatuation with Oregon's Luke Jackson
for some time and sources believe Chicago likely will select Jackson with the No. 7 pick.
For the Suns, the move is more surprising. Earlier on Wednesday, the Suns were dangling the No. 7 pick, along with Shawn Marion, to the Magic in an
effort to land McGrady.
However, after the Magic announced that they wouldn't be making a T-Mac trade until after the draft, the Suns grew impatient and agreed to the swap
with the Bulls.
While Suns sources wouldn't characterize the talks with the Magic as "dead," they claim that they are no longer in active discussions with the Magic
Why would the Suns give up a high lottery pick for only a future first-rounder? The Suns didn't feel that any player left at No. 7 would help their
team immediately. They also wanted the extra cap space. By getting the No. 7 pick off their books, the Suns are suddenly looking at $16.3 million in
cap space this summer to make a run at free agents.
The Bulls also included minimum protections on their future first. The pick is protected in the top three in 2005 and as the top pick in 2006.
[Edited on 6/24/2004 by Ben]