Wednesday reports surfaced in the Bay Area that Golden State may attempt to flip Stephen Jackson before the trade deadline and that players like Dorell Wright and Andris Biedrins could also be moved.
If Golden State is actually shopping Jackson and Wright, would the Bulls be wise to make a call and see what it would take to obtain the services of the shooting guard and small forward?
I think that the prudent move would be to at least investigate the possibility.
What would it take to get a deal done? A trade of Richard Hamilton ($5M, three years), Kyle Korver ($5M, two years), John Lucas ($915K, one year) and the Bulls' 2012 first-round pick for Jackson ($9.3M, two years) and Wright ($3.8M, two years) would work out salary-cap wise.
Would the trade make sense for Chicago? And for Golden State? I believe the answer is yes.
Jackson and Wright are both above-average defenders, have good size (Jackson listed at 6'8" and Wright listed at 6'9") and are good three-point shooters (Jackson career 33.7 percent and Wright career 36.6 percent).
The Bulls are currently legitimate championship contenders, and added defensive depth at the wings would make the Bulls an even more formidable foe for Miami this year considering we do not know if Hamilton can ever stay healthy or how well Luol Deng's wrist will hold up, and since we know Korver is a terrible defender.
Although Korver's three-point shooting would be missed, the more well-rounded and complete games of Jackson and Wright would more than make up for that loss. More importantly, Chicago does not need to move Ronnie Brewer or C.J. Watson to get the deal done.
Through this trade, the Bulls become a more complete team right now and may never regret making Hamilton their primary offseason target.
Golden State's Perspective
Moving Monta Ellis and acquiring Andrew Bogut was a big win for Golden State. However, it appears to be more of a long-term move since Bogut is currently injured, and the Warriors are not in the playoff picture.
Since it seems that Golden State is making changes to win over the long run, flipping Jackson and his more than $9 million contract for more palatable salaries is the next most logical move in the rebuilding process.
Though Korver and Hamilton are not the youngest players available, they both are good character guys, are consummate professionals and have more reasonable contracts than Jackson. Korver's ability to hit the three-ball would fit nicely with Golden State's core and would help space the floor for its new big three of David Lee, Bogut and Stephen Curry.
Hamilton could step in as the starting shooting guard (assuming he gets healthy and even if he does not, no big deal since G.S. is not in the title hunt this year) and fill the void left by Elllis' departure. Hamilton would also serve as a mentor for Brandon Rush, who we have to assume the Warriors will re-sign as their shooting guard of the future now that Ellis is gone.
John Lucas would simply be a throw-in player to make the salaries work, is a free agent at season's end and would not be in Golden State's future. However, the Bulls' 2012 first-round pick would be in the Warriors' future plans as it can be used to help rebuild the team around its trio of stars.
If Golden State is really looking to shop Jackson and Wright, then Chicago management would be best served to at least investigate the possibility of acquiring the pair for the title run.