Chicago Bulls: 6 Shooting Guards They Could Trade for
Oh great, here we go again.
Richard "Rip" Hamilton left Monday night's game after only 90 seconds.
It looked like Hamilton was hurt after being screened by Pacers' center Roy Hibbert. After being replaced by Ronnie Brewer he went straight to the locker room.
It was only Hamilton's 16th game in a Bulls uniform, but really, with him only playing 90 seconds, it was the 25th game the Bulls were without him.
So with Hamilton's health questionable, the question is will Hamilton be ready come playoff time?
Right now that is the big question, which has led many to say the Bulls need to go out and trade for some shooting guard help. Can you believe we are at this again?
So pull out those lists from the offseason, and let's see if there is anyone new on this list.
Shannon Brown/Michael Redd
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Both of these guys were on my early list of shooting guards once the lockout ended and now might be their chance to end up in Chicago after all.
Shannon Brown and Michael Redd are both playing on one year-deals, and the Suns might be sellers at the deadline as they are currently three games out of a playoff spot.
While three games don’t seem like a lot, there are also three teams ahead of them.
Redd might be the easier guy to trade for since he is making the veteran minimum.
His numbers have been pretty inconsistent because of his playing time, but during February he averaged 18 minutes a night and was able to put up 10 points a game. A package of John Lucas and a second-rounder could probably make it happen.
With Brown, because of his salary, the price would be a little higher. Would giving up C.J. Watson be too much?
Redd, for his career, is a better three-point shooter, but has struggled over the last three seasons to make that shot.
I have been a big fan of Michael Redd and I thought he could be a good fit with the Bulls before and still think so.
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After all the talk the last two seasons it sure seems like Courtney Lee is destined to play for the Chicago Bulls.
Lee fits what the Bulls are looking for perfectly.
He is 26, stands at 6'5" and is hitting on over 41 percent of his three-pointers. He can also play a little defense.
It was reported last season that the Rockets were asking for Omer Asik and at this point I would say yes to the deal. Houston is struggling at center where they start Samuel Dalembert, who is only averaging 7.7 rebounds a game.
Asik could help in the rebounding department easily, and Lee could be the present and future answer to the shooting guard spot.
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If the Milwaukee Bucks would buy out or release Stephen Jackson, he would be exactly what the Bulls are looking for.
Things have not worked out this season in Milwaukee with him looking for a new contract and his clashing with coach Scott Skiles. The biggest problem with Jackson is his current $9.25 million salary.
The salary basically makes him unobtainable for the Bulls because it would require multiple key players unless he was released.
It will be interesting to see if there is any buy-out market in this lockout shortened season.
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Now if Gar Forman wants to make a big splash he would call up Jerry West and ask what it would take to get Monta Ellis.
While Ellis is a bit on the short side, he more than makes up for it with his offense. Just think of him as a better Ben Gordon.
Would the Bulls be willing to give up a package of C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver and Jimmy Butler for Ellis?
It might seem like a lot, but Ellis can handle the ball, which would lessen the blow of losing Watson. The Warriors might also want the Charlotte draft pick that the Bulls have, but might be willing to accept the Bulls own first-rounder in a trade.
Having a healthy Hamilton and Ellis would give the Bulls a great combo at the off-guard spot, and they can always bring back Mike James to back up Derrick Rose.
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If you believe some of the talk during the short free agency period it sounded like Jamal Crawford was the Bulls' top choice.
Now I'm not sure if I really believe that, but many sources were reporting that Crawford was offered the same contract that Hamilton eventually accepted. He ended up signing a very similar deal with Portland.
Coach Nate McMillan has had a tough time deciding on a starting point guard so maybe he would like to try C.J. Watson at that spot after messing around with Crawford and Raymond Felton.
Rather than just swapping Watson for Crawford, I would like to expand the deal. How about Watson and Omer Asik for Crawford and Kurt Thomas?
Crawford can fill the role of backup SG or PG as well as be the spark plug off the bench, while Thomas can provide some toughness and a mid-range shooting game.
In an ideal world this would be the perfect trade for the Bulls to make and push them past the Heat in the Eastern Conference.