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."