Donyell digs Chicago

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

It's pretty much a given that forward Donyell Marshall will bid the Raptors adios when the season is over. Marshall, who will become a free agent when the season ends, has expressed interest in moving to a contender and the Chicago Bulls appear to be near the top of his list.

"While I'm going to be looking at many situations, Chicago is definitely one of the teams I wouldn't mind playing for," Marshall told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. "I'm looking for a team where I can get meaningful minutes, a good contract and a chance to play for a winner. The Bulls have all those. I didn't want to leave in the first place and my family still lives in that same house I bought when I signed with Chicago."

Marshall's fiance Leea Kielpinski and their four children still live in the Chicago suburb of Long Grove.

The 35-31 Bulls, winners of three consecutive games, are considered one of the most promising young teams in the NBA

Incidentally, the Dec. 1, 2003 trade which saw Marshall and Jalen Rose shipped to Toronto for Antonio Davis and Jerome Williams, was one of the best deals orchestrated by departed GM Glen Grunwald.

Marshall is averaging 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds mainly off the bench while Rose is averaging 17.8 points during the season and 29.8 over the past four games.

BIG NIGHT

Raptors general manager Rob Babcock and play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky will serve as the keynote speaker and master of ceremonies respectively at the 2005 Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at the York Event Theatre in Toronto, the evening will feature the enshrinements of former Canadian men's national team players Gerald Kazanowski and Bill Wennington. Canada Basketball's annual gala dinner will also see Raptors founder John Bitove presented with the organization's inaugural Dr. James Naismith Award of Excellence.


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