The Chicago Bulls: Where High Draft Picks Don't Pan Out (Or Blossom Somewhere Else)

Elton Brand.  Ron Artest.  Marcus Fizer.  Jamal Crawford.  Eddy Curry.  Tyson Chandler.  Jay Williams.  Ben Gordon.  Thabo Sefolosha.

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What do these players have in common?  All were high draft picks by the Bulls that were not retained once their rookie contracts ended.  The Bulls have drafted 14 players since 1999, and have signed (drumroll please) two of them to contract extensions.  Two! 

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Who could be the next Bulls high draft pick to leave the team for absolutely nothing in value?  Ladies and gentlemen, Tyrus Thomas.

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Multiple league executives believe the Chicago Bulls’ shopping of forward Tyrus Thomas could result with him moving sooner than later. As Thomas has rehabbed a broken forearm, the Bulls have had discussions with several teams, but perhaps none as serious as the ongoing dialogue general manager Gar Forman has had with New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh.

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Several sources believe the Bulls are agreeable to a package of Thomas and Jerome James for Knicks forward Al Harrington.

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Something tells me that, back in 2006, the Bulls didn't plan on trading the number two pick in the draft for a blatant stat-stuffer on an awful team in a fast-paced system.  Making this trade is basically admitting you completely failed at developing the second pick in the draft.  Way to go, guys.

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If I'm Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, I'm looking at houses in different zip codes.  Hey, why not be proactive?  It saves you time down the road.

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