With his team struggling this season, Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman is likely thinking about a few trades right about now.
The Bulls currently own a 7-7 record, losing five of their last eight games. They have shown that life is tough without superstar Derrick Rose, who is out until after the All-Star break with a knee injury.
While the team is doing a decent, but not sensational job in terms of defense, they've had a miserable time trying to score. In fact, the team is averaging 94 points per game (24th in the league).
Carlos Boozer hasn't emerged as the go-to guy like some expected, and the bench just isn't as great as the "Bench Mob," which was in town the last two seasons.
Here are five deals that Forman and Co. should consider. And yes, they're all proven by the trusty ESPN Trade Machine.
Let's get started.
Stats used in this article were accurate as of 11-28-2012.
What's the deal? The Bulls send Luol Deng to the Sacramento Kings for Tyreke Evans and Francisco Garcia.
Evans was phenomenal during his rookie season (2009-10), producing 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game for the Kings.
Unfortunately, he just hasn't been the same player since.
Maybe a fresh start would help him return to his rookie form. A healthy Derrick Rose and Evans—two former Memphis Tigers—could be quite the duo in Chicago.
Garcia—who has only played a handful of games this season—is included in the deal just to make the salaries match.
Meanwhile, Deng would be an excellent pickup for the Kings. An All-Star last year, he would provide veteran leadership to an extremely young ballclub.
Deng wouldn't transform the Kings into a playoff-caliber team right off the bat, but he would certainly make them better.
What's the deal? The Bulls send Carlos Boozer to the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley.
There were rumors recently that Gortat wanted out of Phoenix. And the Bulls were said to be one of the teams interested in acquiring the Polish big man.
Gortat is a terrific defensive player, meaning he's perfect for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau's system.
Chicago could start Gortat at center and then slide Joakim Noah over to power forward. Gortat, Noah and Deng would easily form one of the league top defensive front lines.
There's no way the Suns would want Boozer's contract, though, plus they already have Luis Scola at the 4-spot anyway.
What's the deal? The Bulls send Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton to the Memphis Grizzlies for Rudy Gay and Wayne Ellington
Not quite the defender that Deng is, Gay is an athletic forward who can put up nearly 20 points a night.
The Connecticut product would give the Bulls an outstanding No. 2 scorer to take the load off Derrick Rose once he returns to the court.
No doubt about it, the D-Rose and Rudy G. show would dazzle fans at the United Center for years to come.
Would Memphis make this deal? Probably not, seeing that they own the best record in the entire league. Gay is one of the main reasons for the Grizzlies' success this year.
What's the deal? The Bulls send Luol Deng to the Milwaukee Bucks for Monta Ellis.
Some Chicago fans would love this trade and some would truly hate this trade.
Ellis would give the Bulls something they sorely need—scoring. He is currently averaging 19.1 points per game, and just a few seasons ago, he put up a whopping 25 a night.
However, the 6'3" Ellis isn't the ideal height for an NBA shooting guard and isn't exactly an elite defender, either.
Ellis can become a free agent this summer. With that said, it would be interesting to see if the Bulls would re-sign him or let him walk.
The defensive-minded Deng would fit right in with the Bucks, though, as he'd be reunited with former Bulls coach Scott Skiles.
What's the deal? The Bulls send Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol.
A Boozer-Gasol swap was rumored last season, but of course, nothing happened. Boozer stayed put in Chicago and Gasol remained out in sunny California.
One of the most skilled big men in the game today, Gasol would give the Bulls a solid inside presence.
Los Angeles more than likely wouldn't make this trade, though, because of Boozer's hefty contract. Then again, you never know—a deal like this would shake things up for the struggling Lakers.
In addition, Hamilton would provide L.A. with scoring off the bench, which they could really use.