The Chicago Bulls probably will not trade Scottie Pippen and have agreed to terms with free-agent power forward Larry Krystkowiak, coach Phil Jackson said.
Pippen, the Bulls' franchise player with Michael Jordan's retirement, has been angry with management's silence on his status for weeks.General manager Jerry Krause acknowledged this week the Bulls had given Pippen no assurance that he would not be traded.
But Jackson told WMAQ-AM Tuesday night that he believes the Bulls will keep Pippen.
"The Bulls signed Ron Harper with the intention of keeping Scottie Pippen here," Jackson said. "They mesh talents, they're good friends and together they can bring back that (tough defensive) attitude."
In seven seasons, Pippen has averaged 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Last year, his first out of Jordan's shadow, he averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
Krystkowiak was first drafted by Chicago in the second round in 1986. He has averaged 8.4 points and five rebounds in his 8-year career, which has included stints in San Antonio, Milwaukee, Utah and Orlando. With the Magic last year, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 34 games.