Kings send Miller, Salmons to Bulls in three-team deal

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings have traded center Brad Miller and swingman John Salmons to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forwards Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin, and center Drew Gooden.

The Kings then turned around and sent Ruffin to Portland in exchange for forward Ike Diogu. The Trail Blazers also gain a $3 million trade exception, which they can use for one calendar year.

Additionally, Sacramento waived guards Quincy Douby and Sam Cassell.

Salmons and Miller are the Kings' second and third leading scorers this season, with 18.3 and 11.9 points per game, respectively. Salmons also has averages of 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 53 games, while Miller has posted 8.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 43 games.

Salmons, 29, is in his seventh NBA season, having played the first four years with Philadelphia and the past three with Sacramento. He has career averages of 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 494 games.

Miller, 32, now in his 11th season, has posted career numbers of 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds over 684 games with the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento.

Nocioni, 29, is in his fifth NBA season and is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 53 games for the Bulls. Over 351 career games, all with Chicago, he has career averages of 11.7 points and 5.0 boards.

Gooden, 27, was the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by Memphis. He was dealt from Memphis to Orlando in his rookie season, and has also played for Cleveland and Chicago. He has 13.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds in 31 contests this season for the Bulls, and career averages of 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds.

Simmons, 23, has averaged 2.5 points over 11 games for the Bulls this season, his third in the NBA. Ruffin, 32, hasn't played this season due to injuries, having last played last season with Milwaukee. Diogu, 25, has averaged 1.4 points in 19 games for Portland this season, but owns career marks of 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds.

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