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>> Bulls In Holding Pattern Heading Into Draft

The Chicago Bulls own the 29th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, and whoever they select will be joining a team that appears to be in a holding pattern.

That's because superstar Derrick Rose is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The Bulls are in an awkward spot after capturing the No. 1 overall playoff seed the past two years. They were widely viewed as the top threat in the Eastern Conference to LeBron James and the Miami Heat until Rose was hurt in the playoff-opening win over Philadelphia.

As if that weren't bad enough, the Bulls lost Joakim Noah to a sprained left ankle in Game 3 and bowed out in the first round.

>>Meyers Leonard Set For NBA Draft

(Champagne, IL)  --  Illinois center Meyers Leonard will be sitting in the "Green Room" at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey waiting for his name to be called at the 2012 NBA Draft.  After the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and his private workouts Leonard is now expected to go in the lottery.  He decided to leave Illinois after averaging 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore.  

>>Rockets Make Deal With Bucks

(Houston, TX)  --  The Houston Rockets have shipped center Samuel Dalembert and the 14th-overall pick in Thursday night's draft to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the 12th-overall pick.  The Rockets also received guard and Peoria native, Shaun Livingston, and forwards Jon Brockman and Jon Leuer, while the Bucks netted a future second-round pick and cash.  The Rockets now have three picks in the top 18 of the draft.  On Tuesday, the Rockets traded forward Chase Budinger to Minnesota for the 18th-overall pick.  They also have the number-16 selection.

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