Via Chad Ford on ESPN Insider:
Here’s one potential solution: The word out of the All-Star Game late Sunday had the Lakers recruiting the Portland Trail Blazers as a third team in trade talks with the Bulls. According to one source familiar with the discussions, the Lakers would get Hinrich, the Bulls would get Adam Morrison, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and Juwan Howard, and the Blazers would land Tyrus Thomas and Sasha Vujacic. Such a deal would lessen the amount of money the Lakers would be adding to their payroll next season.
Here’s what SJ had to say about the Tyrus Thomas rumors a couple days ago. Getting Vujacic is a little, well, gross, but I like that the Blazers are looking for high upside guys on the cheap, as I mentioned last year when it looked like Brandon Wright was available. If you can get any sort of young talent for those two expiring deals, especially if it doesn’t lock you into a long-term contract, there’s not much downside a move like that. You never know, Thomas could just be one of those guys that needs a new scene, and perhaps a coach that offers things he hasn’t had before in Chicago.