NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Championship-Winning Trades the Bulls Must Make Now
Despite holding a 36-9 record and looking like contenders, the Chicago Bulls could still greatly benefit from a deadline trade. With one more weapon, the Bulls could emerge as the clear-cut favorite in the East.
The Bulls are still thin at shooting guard due to Richard Hamilton's plethora of injuries, so they need to seriously consider upgrading the two-guard spot on their championship run.
Here are three possible trade targets the Bulls must land today to secure an NBA championship this June.
Trade for Nick Young
Picking up shooting guard Nick Young of the Washington Wizards would make the Bulls instant favorites to win the NBA title.
Standing at 6'7" and weighing 210 pounds, Young would provide some length and strength to the shooting guard position while spreading the floor for Derrick Rose.
Though Young is averaging 16.6 point per game this season, his shooting average has dipped to 40.6 percent. That being said, he is a career 43 percent shooter from the floor and 38 percent from three-point range.
Young signed a one-year, $3.8 million deal with the Wizards and would definitely be worth the first-round pick the Bulls acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. If that doesn't work, the Bulls could give up Jimmy Butler and this year's first-round pick.
Trade for O.J. Mayo
O.J. Mayo is a really tempting option for the Chicago Bulls, and why wouldn't he be?
Mayo, now 24 years old, was one of the top high school basketball players in America five years ago and had an amazing freshman year at USC. He became the No. 3 pick of the 2008 NBA draft and had two great seasons as the starting shooting guard in Memphis (averaging 18 points and three assists on 44.7 percent shooting).
The Grizzlies have since benched the 6'4", 210-pound Mayo and his playing time has dipped with less touches. He is still productive off the bench with a scoring average of 12.3 points per game.
Mayo can create his own shot an is a solid three-point shooter (37.4 percent career average). He is also a decent passer and is fluid off the ball.
To acquire Mayo, the Bulls could trade the first-round pick from the Bobcats and big man Omer Asik.
Trade for Ray Allen
This trade is an extreme long shot, but wouldn't it be great if the Chicago Bulls could get Ray Allen?
The Boston Celtics sharpshooter is 36, but has stayed relatively healthy the last few years and is still efficient on offense.
Standing at 6'5" and weighing 205 pounds, Allen provides a significant upgrade at shooting guard. He is collecting 14.3 points and 2.8 assists a night this season, and this is a down year by his standards.
Allen is still shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and a ridiculous 47.5 percent from three-point range.
Boston is looking to rebuild, and Allen will be a free agent after this year. The Bulls could pry him loose with a first-round pick. If that doesn't work, maybe adding Asik or Butler would do the trick.