With talk coming out of Boston that the Celtics might be looking to move their Big Three, one of them would be a great fit for the Chicago Bulls. In fact, if they had him last year, they might have won the Larry O'Brien trophy instead of the Dallas Mavericks.
I was hoping they would go after Ray Allen before he re-signed with Boston. I thought he would have been a perfect fit for Chicago. He had already played under coach Tom Thibodeau and knew his system.
They lost out on LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but they should have made a push for Allen to go along with Carlos Boozer, instead of just settling for a hodge-podge of shooting guard candidates.
If they did, Rose would have had an outlet who would have made them pay. Allen is one of the best three-point shooters in the history of the league.
Why they didn't pursue him last year and overwhelm him I don't know, but that's old news.
What's not is the news that the Celtics are thinking of blowing up the team after a slow start, and that Allen could be on the trading block.
What would Boston want in return, and could the Bulls afford it? Is it even worth pursuing him and giving up some talent when he's a free agent after the season?
He's not a kid. He's 36 years old, but he's in great shape.
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe said: "Ray Allen is such a freak that I have no doubt he'll be drilling 3's off a contender's bench when he's on the wrong side of 40."
He's certainly still drilling threes now, to the tune of 33-of-59 this year, a .559 percentage. Last year he was at a .444 clip. Those are the best totals of his career, so he's aging like a fine wine.
He started out like a ball of fire this year, scoring 20 points or more in four of the first seven games, but slowed down recently as opponents have been double-teaming him at the three-point stripe.
In Gary Washburn's column in the Globe, Allen related his problems to Boston's lack of defense and rebounding: "When we get to transition opportunities and we score in the fast break situations, obviously it's because we got defensive stops," he said. "It's hard to get those stops if we're not rebounding."
He wouldn't have that problem with the Bulls, who are one of the best defensive and offensive rebounding teams in the league.
With him and Rip Hamilton, the Bulls would be stronger at the shooting guard position. They would be in a much better position to overtake Miami, depending of course who they would have to give up for him.
He would also be great insurance in case Hamilton has trouble recovering from his groin pull. Even though he's back in the lineup, that's something that can persist and still bother him down the line, especially in a season when you're playing so many games in a short period of time.
Should the Bulls make a move now, or should they wait until the offseason to pursue him and see if Hamilton is enough this year?
For once, I don't have the answer. I'm wondering if you do.
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