Report: Kings send Miller, Salmons to Bulls in six-player deal

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings have reportedly 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 Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that the Kings will also turn around and swap Ruffin to Portland for forward Ike Diogu, as well as receive about $1 million from the Trail Blazers.

The paper cited multiple league sources and said the deal is pending league approval.

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 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. He has averages of 1.8 points and 4.0 boards in eight seasons with Chicago, Philadelphia, Utah, Washington and Milwaukee.

Diogu, 25, has posted 5.9 points and 3.0 boards in 19 games this season for the Blazers.

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