Saturday, August 20, 2005

Another Bull back in the fold

The Daily Herald is reporting that the Bulls have reached a one-year deal with Othella Harrington worth $3.2 million, which should become official next week. (Seems like the Herald has really been ahead of the Trib and Sun-Times in Bulls news this summer.)

By all accounts John Paxson's visits with Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry's agents went well, but no agreement was made with either player. It seems Chandler's camp wants a contract at least equal to the one the Sixers gave Samuel Dalembert - six years, $58 million - and the Bulls aren't quick to make such an offer without including incentives. Curry has yet to find an insurance carrier to cover his contract in case heart issues prevent him from playing.

Both Chandler and Curry could accept the Bulls one-year tender, which would make them un-restricted free agents next summer, but with each player having a history of health problems, it would be in their best interest to reach a long-term agreement with the Bulls this summer.

The Bulls still hope to re-sign Adrian Griffin and Jannero Pargo, but Paxson has said that he wants to focus on shoring up the frontcourt before addressing their contracts. Pargo, a restricted free agent, met with the Cavs last week but seems more of a last resort option should the Cavs main target, Damon Jones, re-sign with the Heat. The Raptors and the Lakers, two of Pargo's former teams, may also show interest.