Bulls Trade Rumors: How Bulls Can Leapfrog Heat in East with a Deadline Steal

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIMarch 14, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Michael Beasley #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates his three point shot in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 96-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are clearly the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, holding the best records in the East.

Miami and Chicago are similar teams with significant talent in both starting lineups.

While the Heat undoubtedly have the better "big three" with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Bulls still have a solid "big three" of their own with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer.

When it comes to bench performance, there's no doubt that the Bulls have the advantage with their "bench mob" led by Taj Gibson, C.J. Watson and Kyle Korver.

While it might seem that the Bulls are a more complete team than the Heat, Chicago still has room to improve, especially if they want to be the front-runner over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

If the Bulls want to get better before the March 15th trade deadline, they have to make a move, and it has to be a move they can make without losing too much talent in return.

The hottest trade rumor coming out of Chicago revolves around the Bulls and their reported interested in Lakers big-man, Pau Gasol.

There's no doubting that trading for Gasol would be an upgrade over the often times inconsistent play of Carlos Boozer, but the Bulls would have to give up way too much for the trade to be feasible for them.

For the Bulls to land Gasol, they would undoubtedly have to give up talent like Luol Deng, which isn't an option that the Bulls should even start to entertain.

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24: (L-R) Kyle Korver #26, Carlos Boozer #5, Derrick Rose #1 and Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls look on against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlin
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There's a more realistic trade that the Bulls can make that would help them leapfrog the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, and that speculated trade revolves around a player that actually used to play for the Miami Heat.

The player that the Bulls need to focus on bringing to their team before the March 15th trade deadline, is none other than Minnesota Timberwolves small forward, Michael Beasley.

While there's no reported interest in Beasley coming out of Chicago, there's no doubt that he would be a great addition to the Bulls already productive and efficient "bench-mob."

If there's a position on the Bulls' depth chart that can use some more production coming off the bench, it's the small forward and shooting guard position. While Beasley is a small forward, he plays the game like an over-sized and athletic combo-guard.

Beasley, and his average production of 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, could add some depth to the Bulls at both the shooting guard position and the small forward position, while not dismantling an already productive Bulls' rotation.

The Los Angeles Lakers were interested in Beasley, but reportedly rejected the Timberwolves' offer that would have sent Beasley to the Lakers for a first-round draft pick in return.

If the Timberwolves are only asking for a first-round draft pick for Beasley, it would be foolish for the Bulls to not be interested in adding Michael Beasley to their depth chart.

With injuries often plaguing the production and time on the court of Luol Deng, it would be smart for the Bulls to add depth at the small forward position with the offensive talents of Michael Beasley.

If Michael Beasley becomes a member of the Chicago Bulls by 3:00 p.m. ET, the Bulls will leapfrog the Miami Heat as the favorite in the Eastern Conference and in the entire NBA to win the 2012 NBA title.


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