Deadline deals bolster Bulls’ Eastern foes

Written By BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter Posted: 02/21/2014, 08:15pm

The Eastern Conference was the aggressor at the trade deadline Thursday, but did the additions of Spencer Hawes by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andre Miller by the Washington Wizards and Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen by the Indiana Pacers change the landscape?

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and center Joakim Noah seemed to think so.

“I think Indiana has been very aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “They’ve positioned themselves well. They have quality depth.

“That’s a very good team [in Indiana]. I think Hawes will help Cleveland. And I like Lavoy Allen a lot. That was a very good pickup, as well. You never know how things unfold.’’

Noah had a similar opinion.

“Yeah, [the East] definitely got better,’’ Noah said. “[Hawes] is a great player; Evan Turner is a good player, too.’’

But Noah seemed fine with his front office standing pat.

“I think we’re playing good basketball,’’ Noah said. “We’re focused on the task at hand.’’

Before crowns start getting handed out, however, Thibodeau left a reminder out there.

“All I know is the Miami Heat is the defending champion,’’ Thibodeau said. “Everyone is chasing them until that changes.’’

Shopping list

The Bulls might have been quiet during the deadline, but help still could be on the way.

Keep an eye on the Roger Mason Jr. situation with the Sacramento Kings as well as Glen Davis, who was a buyout victim. Both players have strong ties to Thibodeau.


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