Carlos Boozer has been a lightning rod of controversy since he landed in Chicago, from tripping over a gym bag before his first season even started, to turning into a fade-away jump shooter instead of the banger the Bulls thought they were getting.
Bulls' fans should be jamming the phone lines calling Chicago GM Gar Forman and telling him to pull the trigger.
Most followers of the team have been begging for them to amnesty Boozer. That's something that would not be happening this year, but if you can get rid of a player who has been a disappointment and add a Gasol, don't you have to make that move?
At 7'1", Gasol gives the Bulls an even bigger size advantage than they already have at, but he also gives them a threat in the post and that's something they have been sorely lacking.
Gasol is only one year older than Boozer, and has $38 million left on his contract. Boozer has three years left at $47.1 million, so the Bulls even win in that area.
When you look at the numbers, it's a no-brainer. Gasol had his worse season last year averaging 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 blocks.
Boozer's numbers pale in comparison at 15 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and just 0.4 blocks.
That's not even taking into consideration the kind of defense Boozer played. Or should I say, the lack of defense?
Gasol is tired of being Kobe Bryant's whipping boy in LA. That's supposedly the reason he wants out.
Boozer has been the whipping boy ever since he came to the Bulls. The first negative word mentioned about the team always involves Boozer.
There is a good chance the Bulls do consider amnestying him after next season if the situation is right.
If that's the case, and if you can pull off a Gasol for Boozer trade, assuming both parties agree, you have to do it.
Gasol gives you that inside-outside game you thought you were getting with Boozer. He makes the Bulls that much tougher to guard, especially for their main rival—the Heat.
There were whispers all season long that Boozer's teammates weren't happy with the effort he was putting out. Unloading him and arguably bringing back a better player with one less year on his contract makes sense.
It also puts the Bulls in a better situation next year. With Rose out until sometime in 2013, and Deng probably out for a few months too, this move could now salvage what was appearing to be a lost season.
You still don't know what you're getting when Rose comes back, but if he's anywhere close to the player we have watched through his first four years, the Bulls are now a more viable threat in the playoffs with Gasol.
The biggest question is how legitimate is the information that Gasol has asked out of Los Angeles? Sam Smith has thrown out trade proposals since the Jordan days, and I don't think one of them has ever happened.
This wasn't a trade proposal, but could lead to one if the news is true.
I don't know what you would do, but if this is real, I'm calling Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak on my speed dial.