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The Bulls could afford to match the offer for Asik in this proposal.
The Bulls would finally get a second top-tier scorer with Gasol who needs the change of scenery. Financially the strain would be as damning as many would think. Gasol can play 30-35 minutes a game and he is a good defender when he is involved in the game.
He and Boozer would make for a potent offensive frontcourt. While the Bulls may suffer on the defensive end, keep in mind that the Bulls rely on team defense versus individual defense. It is about their rotations more than shot-blocking for the Bulls. That is why I would not worry about how the Bulls would fare on the defensive end.
Sending Noah in any deal involving Gasol would also help the Bulls hold on to Omer Asik. When you look at the contractual status for Noah, he has four more seasons left whereas Gasol only has two.
Asik’s $14 million cap figure in the third year of the deal is not as egregious with Noah’s contract gone to another team. Also in that third year Gasol’s contract is off of the books, along with the contracts of Luol Deng and Boozer. The Bulls could then amnesty Asik if necessary.
This would make the Bulls major players in the 2014 free-agent class that could include the following names: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Serge Ibaka and James Harden. Thus the idea of making this deal should not be considered far-fetched. Once you consider the true benefits, it really is not.
I will now rest my general manager’s cap and patiently wait for the Bulls to wake up from their malaise. The idea is on the table. I wish they would consider it.