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Truehoop trade talk, Bulls and Blazers

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Joakim Noah and Luol Deng for Greg Oden, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Joel Przybilla and Elliot Williams This is total craziness. Bulls fans are puking a little at the thought, and cursing ESPN for hiring a Blazer fan as a national blogger. (Can you hear Michael Scott saying "Yyyyyyyyyyyyankee swap! ... That's what makes it fun.") So, basically, the Bulls give up one of the best young big men in the league, a guy they just signed, as a way to take on the highest risk/reward in the league in Oden, to go with some fine young perimeter players and a big hunk of cap space in the form of expiring contracts. Blazer fans hate this maybe a little less, but they may also balk at getting older and cap-tied with Deng, while giving up fan darlings in Batum and Fernandez and the cheap-for-his-potential Oden while investing a lot of money, for a long time, in more players who have a hard time staying healthy. This one fails in nearly every way, except as a way to piss off both parties.

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