Chicago Bulls defeat New York Knicks, 115-109

BULLS 115, KNICKS 109

The Knicks contacted the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday about the availability of point guard Luke Ridnour, but the talks stalled when the Knicks wanted to expand the deal to include Jared Jeffries, according to a source close to the negotiations.

If nothing else, the conversation demonstrates that Knicks president Donnie Walsh is working on a backup plan if a deal for Tracy McGrady, which would include Jeffries, falls apart.

Coincidentally, Jeffr...

CHICAGO - Tracy McGrady is still the Knicks' primary target, and the Houston Rockets are expected to decide Wednesday whether the former All-Star swingman heads to New York or Chicago.

There are reports that the Knicks have the inside track, but as of late Tuesday, Knick officials did not sound optimistic that a trade would be completed before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

"It's less likely than it was on Monday," a person familiar with the negotiations. "But you never...