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Thu, March 21

Suns trade No. 7 draft pick to Bulls

PHOENIX (AP) – The Phoenix Suns traded down Wednesday, giving up their No.

7 draft position for one of Chicago's second-round picks, a conditional first-round selection and cash, several media outlets reported.

In the NBA draft tonight, the Suns will have the 31st pick.

Earlier, Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said he thought there were good players down through the top 15 available.

But the team, which came out of the draft lottery in the same position its record dictated, decided the potential wasn't there for someone like Amare Stoudemire, the first player to win the Rookie of the Year award straight out of high school, who was drafted ninth in 2002.

The Arizona Republic said the Bulls paid $3 million for the trade, which left the Suns with the second selection in the second round.

The Suns did not have a second-round pick this year after trading theirs to acquire Donnell Harvey.

The conditional pick depends on Chicago's record in one of the next two seasons.

It is protected for the top three picks next year and only for the top selection in 2006, meaning the Bulls would have to be among the top three lottery teams in 2005 to keep their pick and win the lottery the next year to protect it again.


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