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Signed, Sealed & Delivered

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jul 14, 2006 2:55AM

2006_07_sports_ben_wallace_press_conference.jpgChicagoist knows it's old news that Ben Wallace agreed to a deal with the Bulls, but we breathed a huge sign of relief today when Wallace officially signed his deal and appeared with Bulls GM John Paxon and coach Scott Skiles. That combination of always fearing the worst we Chicago sports fans suffer, combined with the nearly two week period between when teams and free agents can begin negotiations and when they can sign deals, had us feeling uneasy. Could Big Ben change him mind? Could he decide to stay with the Pistons? Could something go horribly wrong with the estimated salary cap that wouldn't give the Bulls the cap space they anticipated? All these crazy fears ran through our head, along with trying to determine how to snag tickets to the NBA Finals.

With the Wallace deal done, the Bulls can now officially complete the Tyson Chandler for P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith deal, as well as get Kirk Hinrich locked up long term.