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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pippen Says Trade Wish Is No Bull

SEATTLE -- Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson said Scottie Pippen was just joking when he demanded a trade, but two days later, the seven-time All-Star wasn't laughing.

Asked Tuesday in Seattle if he thought he would ever play for the defending NBA champions again, the injured forward said gravely: "I don't think so."

Pippen added: "I'd rather leave things as I can remember them as a player here, and go on."

On Sunday, Pippen -- out until mid-December with an injured left foot -- told a Chicago area newspaper, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, that he "ain't coming back" and demanded a trade to either the Phoenix Suns or the Los Angeles Lakers.

He called Bulls general manager Jerry Krause a "chicken" and said Krause threatened to fine him if he played in his own charity game in September.

At Monday's practice in Seattle, Pippen refused to elaborate except to say that he is not physically ready to return to action.

Jackson said Monday he was not convinced Pippen wanted out.

"I think he's just joking the press," said Jackson, who is almost certainly in his final year as coach of the Bulls.

Pippen, 32, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.775 million this season, a relatively paltry amount for one of the league's top players. He is expected to command a multiyear contract averaging $10 million to $15 million a year as a free agent.