07.17.06

Bulls Reacquire Griffin

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From the Chicago Tribune’s Marlen Garcia.

Adrian Griffin is on his way back to the Bulls with a three-year contract.

To make room for Griffin, J.R. Smith must go.

Smith, whom the Bulls acquired last week along with P.J. Brown in the Tyson Chandler trade with the Hornets, will be sent to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Howard Eisley and two future second-round draft picks, according to sources familiar with the deal.

The Bulls plan to waive Eisley to sign Griffin, sources said.
Last season the Bulls passed on the 6-foot-5-inch swingman. Griffin, 32, signed a free-agent contract with the Mavericks in late November and averaged 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while starting in 45 of the 52 games he played. He helped the Mavericks reach the NBA Finals.

Griffin’s agent, Tony Dutt, told the Dallas Morning News that the Bulls offered a three-year deal but didn’t disclose the terms. By trading Smith, the Bulls would have a minimum of $1.39 million available.

In addition to raving over the summer league performance of Marcus Banks, Celtics Blog’s Jeff Clark hails the recent showing of newly snatched PG Sebastian Telfair (above), writing, “we could have finally found a legit point guard ready to come into his own in this his third year in the league.”

First of all, he looks bigger than I remembered. He™s not the same lithe teenager he was right out of Lincon High. It™s amazing what two years of NBA conditioning can do for a guy. The next thing you notice is, of course, the court vision and passing ability. Alley oops, drive and kicks, bounce passes, skip passes, touch passes, the kid can move the ball. He even has a flair for showmanship, as evidenced by the through-the-legs pass to Green for the driving dunk.

That is all well and good, but what is really important in point guards is the ability to run an offense. It is near impossible to properly guage this in summer league, but it did appear that he has a good feel for it. He pushed the ball when we had numbers, he tried to get the bigs the ball when they had position (not often), and he rewarded cutters with passes where they could make a play at the basket.

He even showed some good effort on defense. I know he™s not known as a defender, but he gave a good effort (against admittedly sub-par competition). His shot wasn™t falling that night, but aside from that, there™s not much to pick apart from this first showing.

Michael Jordan’s new business card have a Charlotte, NC address, but the Daily Bacon’s Lamont Trellington has uncovered indisputable evidence linking his Airness, once again, to the Washington Wizards.  And if you throw in Edward James Olmos’ “American Me”, you might have found a connection to the classic love song, “I Dig Pain”.

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