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Flashback #24: Bulls Trade For Rodman (1995)

Michael Jordan and guard Dennis Rodman rest on the sideline at the United Center. (Getty images)

Michael Jordan and guard Dennis Rodman rest on the sideline at the United Center. (Getty images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

October 8, 1995 – Bulls trade for Dennis Rodman

When the Bulls’ big man Horace Grant left the team via free agency prior to the 1994-95 season, Chicago needed a new big man to provide a force down low.

Enter, perennial NBA bad-boy Dennis Rodman.

The Bulls knew Rodman well, as he had played for their arch-rival Detroit Pistons earlier in his career, and the team thought he could be the missing link to return the Bulls to championship status.

The Bulls decided to take a gamble on the 34-year-old center and sent center Will Perdue and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Rodman.

That gamble quickly paid off as the Bulls won three NBA championships behind Rodman’s defense and rebounding.

In his first season, he averaged  5.5 points and 14.9 rebounds per game, as he won another rebounding title — one of seven straight he would go on to win.

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »