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Bulls Trade Rumors: Luke Ridnour Would Be Perfect Replacement for C.J. Watson
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The Chicago Bulls have known for a while they would need to make up the difference for the loss of Derrick Rose to a protracted recovery from knee surgery.

Replacing the former MVP will apparently be a process with several steps, especially without C.J. Watson around.

According to HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy, Chicago waived the backup point guard in a somewhat surprising move:

Watson is a fine defender, but he struggled mightily to score in the postseason with a 24 percent shooting percentage in six games. That's clearly not going to cut it in Rose's absence, however long it may be.

It's not a surprise, then, that the Bulls are already looking in a different direction.

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Will Luke Ridnour replace C.J. Watson as Derrick Rose's back-up?

Minnesota sports news anchor Darren Wolfson suggests the Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour could be on Chicago's shortlist of targets:

Ridnour is a better shooter than Watson, and he's a more skilled all-around floor general as well.

In short, he's better suited to serving as a temporary starter, just as he did in Ricky Rubio's absence last season. The 31-year-old only has two years left on his current deal, so he'd also be a relatively safe investment.

The Bulls could afford to part with Korver given the development of 22-year-old Jimmy Butler, and there's no question the point guard position is a more immediate need at the moment.

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If the rumors are true, small forward Kyle Korver could be on the move.

Though selecting Kentucky's Marquis Teague in the first round was a step in the right direction, it's still unclear what kind of impact he'll be able to make in his rookie campaign.

A veteran like Ridnour would minimize the need to find out.

Additionally, Ridnour has experience coming off the bench, which bodes well for the postseason and beyond. When Rose returns, there wouldn't be any drama about returning to a reserve role–allowing Chicago the best of both worlds.

For now, a Ridnour deal is just one of many rumors swirling about the trade winds. If it turns out to be something more, all the better for Chicago's playoff hopes in a year otherwise at risk of becoming a lost cause.

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