The Bulls have been in contact with Brian Scalabrine this summer, as the team looks to fill out its roster with a perimeter shooter that would necessarily need many minutes.
Scalabrine is familiar with new Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau from their time together with the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens to the Wizards.
An actual trade is not yet imminent, but it represents the bold thinking of Danny Ainge ahead of the deadline. The teams are expected to continue discussing the deal on Friday and throughout All-Star weekend.
Sources close to the thinking in Boston say that the C’s plan is to allow Allen’s deal to expire and look to re-sign him to a much more manageable number this summer using his “Bird Rights.”
However with so many major named players expected to be available at the trade deadline, it has been surprising that the Celtics have not been mentioned more as they have been among the more active “buyers” in the League.
The Celtics have a number of ending contracts to offer in addition to Allen including Tony Allen ($2.5 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Eddie House ($2.8 million).
There is some hope, according to NBA front-office sources, for a three-way deal that is currently in the exploratory-discussion phase.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings, in considering the feasibility of a Samuel Dalembert-for-Kenny Thomas swap, have discussed expanding that concept with Boston by trying to draw in the Celtics on a potential three-way deal that would land Andres Nocioni with the Celts.
Sources further stressed over the past 48 hours that this should be classified as an ongoing conversation as the teams involved decide how much they like what is on the table.
But the full deal as it stands, if it eventually gets that far, would send Nocioni to Boston, Kenny Thomas, Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine to Philadelphia and Dalembert and J.R. Giddens to Sacramento.
Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine is upset with the cameraman that caused his lingering ankle injury.
He suffered the injury in the team’s final preseason game and has played in just 30 minutes so far this season.
“This is the first time I’ve ever sprained my ankle in my entire life,” Scalabrine said.
“I watched the film. He was 6 inches over the line, 6 inches that I needed to take the ball out of bounds.
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If something should go amiss, the Celtics do have some bargaining chips.
Rumors still persist that Rondo may be traded for someone like Steve Nash, but the expiring contracts of Ray Allen ($19.76 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Eddie House ($2.86 million) are the real possibilities.
That is about $26 million in expiring deals, and you would better believe in this financial climate there will be plenty of teams looking to dump salary. There could be a key player to be had.
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