O.J. Mayo would solve most of the Bulls problems.
The solutions are simple to those of us who wear a general manager’s cap when we talk about our favorite teams. For the Bulls’ biggest hole, lack of a second top-tier scorer, Eric Gordon and O.J. Mayo are good choices.
Both are restricted free agents, but ideally they fit what the Bulls need. They also help shore up the shooting guard position. They have good ball-handling skills—good enough to run the point guard spot for 23-28 minutes a game. Either player would kill two birds with one stone. If the Bulls have to go with Kirk Hinrich, he would be an overall upgrade over what they had.
As for the bully, the Bulls could bring in an undrafted rookie. Someone, anyone who does not mind floor burns and dishing out hard fouls. Could the Bulls ask the Thunder to swap Kendrick Perkins for Carlos Boozer?
Perkins is the type of player that the Bulls need—a nasty player.
To fill out the roster is a simple solution. Players like Gerald Green and Chris Douglas-Roberts are low-cost players looking to land on a roster. The Bulls can grab a couple of veterans and undrafted rookies who are seeking an opportunity.
William Buford out of Ohio State and John Shurna from Northwestern would be good candidates. The same goes for Demetri McCamey.
With several holes to fill and not a lot of assets to fill them with, I hope the Bulls do what is best for the team. For now I will keep my fingers crossed.