The Chicago Bulls are a very good team, but the franchise will need to make changes this offseason to take the next step and become a real contender.
Here are several trade possibilities that could propel the Bulls to a future NBA title.
And, watch this video for more details on how the Bulls can become contenders!
Taj Gibson Trades
The Deal: Chicago sends Taj Gibson to the Detroit Pistons for Will Bynum and the nintth overall pick in the draft.
Why: Chicago will look to trade Gibson because it is a year before he hits restricted free agency and his value is at its peak. The Bulls still have Boozer and can add a savvy veteran (or perhaps the undervalued Jordan Hill) in free agency to replace Gibson until Nikola Mirotic, Chicago's power forward of the future, arrives in 2013.
The Pistons need a tough, professional, defensive power forward to pair with Greg Monroe for years to come, and Gibson is the perfect fit.
The Bulls would use the ninth overall pick to draft their shooting guard of the future—perhaps Austin Rivers, Dion Waiters, Jeremy Lamb or Terrence Ross.
The Deal: Chicago sends Taj Gibson to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley and the 13th overall pick in the draft.
Why: Many similarities to the Detroit deal: Chicago wants to trade Gibson at peak value for a high pick to land its shooting guard of the future, while Phoenix needs a tough power forward to pair with franchise center Marcin Gortat.
The Bulls would also get Jared Dudley, both to make salaries work and because Dudley is exactly the versatile backup swingman the Bulls need to round out their roster.
Chicago has no small forward backup right now and, with Deng out, Dudley is the perfect fit.
Carlos Boozer Trades
The Deal: Chicago sends Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer (team option) for Amare Stoudemire.
Why: Although Stoudemire is clearly the better player, he is almost un-tradable because of his uninsured contract.
For their part, Chicago really needs an All-Star-level post player who can create his own offense to get to the next level.
The Deal: Chicago sends Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer (team option) to Philadelphia for Elton Brand.
Why: Philadelphia needs to add a better-shooting, more energetic power forward who can play within the flow of their guard-driven offense.
Brand has very little left, but the 76ers would love to get something for him instead of just amnestying him and swallowing the salary.
For the Bulls, Brand is an old fan favorite who would replicate maybe 75 percent of Boozer's effectiveness and is on the last year of his deal. Acquiring him would allow the Bulls to showcase Taj Gibson (if he is not traded), prepare for Nikola Mirotic's arrival in 2013 and save their amnesty provision for a rainy day.
Joakim Noah Trades
Why: Yes, we are right back here again, because Orlando needs to trade Howard away before he leaves (for certain this time) after next season.
Chicago is still the best destination for him, particularly if Deron Williams leaves New Jersey.
Fans need to know: What exactly is stopping this from happening?
So, what trades do you think the Bulls should pursue?
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