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Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 12:33 am
Posted by Royce Young

Some thought the day might not ever come. But after five seasons as a pseudo fan favorite in Boston, Brian Scalabrine is set to finally ship out.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Scalabrine is following one of his old assistant coaches and signing with the Bulls. The deal is a non-guaranteed camp invite, but reports indicate that Tom Thibodeau pushed hard for Scalabrine and with that kind of support, the veteran forward might have a shot at the roster.

The Bulls need training camp players as they currently only have 12 players under contract. So while Scalabrine's deal is non-guaranteed, he has a pretty solid chance of being on the team. In fact, one report said a source said Scalabrine is a "good bet" to make the final Bulls roster. So while the contract isn't guaranteed, by the looks of it, Scalabrine should be playing for Chicago this season. Well, not "playing" I guess. More like sitting.

Why the interest in such a minor signing like Scalabrine? Honestly, I have no idea. But there's something about the awkward redhead that people find interesting. He's a character in the league, despite being very insignificant on the actual court. He is known for being one of the league leaders in high fives and is always one of the quickest and most energetic guys off the bench for hand slaps during a TV timeout. So there's that for Chicago.

Known as a hard worker and quality practice squad player, Scalabrine, 32, has averaged 3.3 points a game during his nine seasons.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

The Bulls aren't going to be winners in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes because the Bulls won't deal Joakim Noah. Deng is certainly on the table, but not Noah. I'm pretty pissed off about the whole thing and I don't know why I'm even mentioning it here on this thread which is dedicated to the indomitable basketball prowess of Brian Scalabrine.

Last year we had Brad Miller and Aaron Gray backing up Noah at center, but both of those guys are now gone so Scalabrine's presence is somewhat neccessary. Unless Scalabrine sucks worse than I know he should actually see playing time with meaningful minutes. I understand that he has a little three point shooter in him, much like the league's other outstanding redhead Matt Bonner. But Bonner is a stronger player all around and even has a little Chuck Norris in him.

But who knows? Maybe Scalabrine can learn a thing or two from Matt Bonner by studying game film in the offseason. Maybe this is the year, in his 10th season at age 32, maybe this is the year that Brian Scalabrine lives up to all the hype.

You know, 4.5 ppg, 1.8 rebounds per game, 0.0007 blocks per game. I think he's got it in him! Gotta dig DEEP down now Brian! Dig DEEP down!

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:39 pm

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

The proposed trade isn't Noah for Melo.  It's Deng + Noah for Melo.  The contracts have to match therefore you couldn't trade Noah straight up for Anthony even if you wanted to.  I like this trade if it is a sign and trade and Melo will be a Bull for atleast 4-5 more years.  You would be getting rid of Dengs terrible contract while adding a superstar.  Noah is good but he's nowhere near superstar level.  Anthony>>>>Noah.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:31 pm

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

"Why is this news?"

Well, it's not news; it's really more of a report about an NBA event.  It does go to show what respect a person of good chaaracter will get.  At least he got a bit more that a tiny message in the transactions wire.  Otherwise, there's nothing else to say about this.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:41 pm

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

Scal is actually a pretty good team defender. We will miss him in New England because he is blue-collar. I think he is a great practice player also which helps the first team. Good Luck Scal!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 1:41 pm

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

This is indeed a sad day for Celtics fans, as Scalabrine has been the ideal token white guy for the last 5 years. The obvious absurdity of him taking up $3 million a year in salary cap space was offset by the wave of enthusiasm that surged through the TD Garden whenever he stepped onto the court at the end of blowouts to register a few garbage minutes. Alas, the Celtics now have Luke Harangody who may contribute in a way that effects the actual outcome of games while replacing Scal as the token white guy. But Celts fans will never forget the great memories Scal has provided over the years and I only hope the Chicago fans appreciate this lovable human cartoon character as much as we did in Boston.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:43 am

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

Reports say that Scalabrine told the Bulls that the only thing contract demand he had was to get two days off during the season:  National Ginger Day and National Kick a Ginger Day.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:16 am

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

GREAT !!!! THis means that  there is a roster and bench spot !!!!! hopefully the C's can gain a great vet player that does more than High 5and be a high paid water boyTongue out

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:59 am

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

The only way this is news is if it turns out the Bulls got Scalabrine as front court support in case they sign and trade Joachim Noah for Carmelo Anthony.  As it stands now, if the Bulls trade Noah for Anthony they have a log jam at the 3 spot with both Anthony and Deng, who has a massive contract.  I personally hope they don't trade Noah for Anthony because Noah is just coming into his own and is a defense first team player unlike Anthony, who is a ball hog and injured too often to be a real team leader.  Let Anthony go to NY or NJ where he belongs. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:19 am

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

Scal is certainly not a game changer, but he busts his butt and out-hustles just about everyone on the court. He's also a great defender who forces guys to pass rather than shoot, but that doesn't fill up a stat sheet. His defensive ability and focus is exactly why defensive specialist Tom Thibodeau wanted him. His Bulls teammates will love him for his attitude and work ethic and, if he can get on the court, Bulls fans will come to love him.

Good luck Scal. I loved having you here.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:25 am

Scalabrine leaves Boston, signs with the Bulls

This is HUGE news... The Bulls have needed a ginger-haired big man in the mold of Jud Buechler and Luc Longley... This was clearly the only thing lacking from their dynasty days formula with the current team and you can go ahead and book this year's championship for the Bulls now.  Haha, seriously, the picture for this article is the guy in warm-ups during a time-out... Just not that many 'action' shots of the 'firecracker' I suppose.

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