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Paxson: Bulls Unlikely To Make Trade Before Deadline

Chicago Bulls vice president John Paxson doubts his team will make a move before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

"We're up against what's called a hard cap," Paxson said. "In order for us to do something we're not in a position to take on any real salary so we're kind of limited in what we can do. I think our team has grown -- it's not always pretty, let's face it; we've had some ugly games this year and that's kind of who we are right now. But we do grind it out and play hard.

"You're always on the lookout to do certain things, but I think our move hopefully will be bringing Derrick [Rose] back into the fold."

Rose tore his left ACL on April 28 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Philadelphia.

Rose began taking contact in practice last week.

"We don't want to bring him back and then have a setback because he wasn't totally ready," Paxson said. "We want this to be a progression where he comes back, he starts to play and every week he gets better and feels better."

Via Waddle & Silvy Show/ESPNChicago
 

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