WISHES GRANTED FOR BULLS, RAPTORS



The Bulls wanted toughness. They got it by acquiring Antonio Davis and Jerome Williams. The Raptors hoped to improve their struggling offense. They did by landing Jalen Rose and Donyell Marshall in a six-player deal that also sent Lonny Baxter to Toronto and Chris Jefferies to Chicago.

"It addresses toughness, obviously, and some defensive issues and some rebounding issues that we were lacking," Bulls executive vice president John Paxson told the Chicago Sun-Times. "(We needed) help for Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler inside, and that was addressed."

Toronto is averaging 78 points per game, worst in the NBA.

"Jalen Rose has proven to be an excellent player in this league and will provide us with some valuable offensive tools,"said Glen Grunwald, Raptors senior vice president and general manager. "Donyell Marshall gives us another forward who can contribute points and rebounds. Lonny Baxter is a young player who we believe can develop into a consistent inside presence."

FAST STARTS
Donyell Marshall scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Jalen Rose contributed eight assists in the duo's first game for Toronto, a 95-88 win at Philadelphia on Dec. 2.
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Antonio Davis and Jerome Williams combined for 24 points in their Bulls debut, a 97-87 home victory over Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
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AVERAGES THROUGH NOV. 30
PTS
REB
AST
MIN
4.3
2.5
0.4
10.5
8.6
9.5
0.9
35.9
4.0
0.5
0.5
4.0
8.7
6.2
1.8
25.5
13.3
4.0
3.5
33.1
5.1
8.5
0.7
27.1
CAREER AVERAGES
PTS
REB
AST
MIN
4.7
2.9
0.3
12.0
10.7
7.7
1.1
29.5
3.9
1.1
0.4
12.7
12.1
7.0
1.6
27.5
14.4
3.6
4.1
30.4
6.9
6.8
0.8
22.7
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
Toronto Sun: Instant offense
Toronto Sun: Rose gets No. 5
Sun-Times: Plenty of smiles
Raptors.com: More scoring punch
ESPN.com: Fantasy spin
Sun-Times: Bulls get tough
Globe & Mail: Blockbuster official
Toronto Sun: Chemistry 101