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Remember that great play that Nazr Mohammed made for the Chicago Bulls? No? Neither does anyone else who lives on this particular plane of existence.
With Joakim Noah injured, the backup center has notched a whopping total of 7:54. And all of that was in the beginning of the first game. Furthermore, that accounts for half of his playing time in the last nine games.
Tom Thibodeau is all about "next man up," but it's pretty apparent that at this point he has no confidence in Mohammed. There's no point in carrying an emergency big man if you won't even play him in emergencies.
The kicker came against the Pacers, where the 6'7" Jimmy Butler was logging minutes at power forward rather than bringing in Mohammed.
There is speculation by Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald that the Bulls might be able to land not one, but two bigs for Richard Hamilton.
Hamilton makes $5 million this year, but a potential problem is he's owed a partial guarantee for next season, something the Bulls had to add to seal the deal before signing him. Would Denver ask the Bulls to take Movgoz (sic) and Anthony Randolph, who's owed $3.5 million over the next two seasons? Probably. Movgoz (sic) makes $2.79 million, so another player would have to be included.
If this is a possibility, then Gar Foreman and John Paxson should cleverly put Masai Ujiri, GM of the Denver Nuggets, on hold, run around the desk several times, laughing giddily and exchanging high fives before somberly picking up the phone and saying, "we think we can do that."
Then they should fall on the ground weeping and thanking whatever basketball deities they worship for the trade sent form the heavens—or at least the mountains.
This is a perfect trade, and absolutely works via the trade machine. Neither player is logging minutes with the Nuggets, but both are not mere upgrades over Mohammed, they're exponentially better.
They also offer different talents. Mozgov is a poor man's OmerAsik with similar defense, size and shot blocking. He also has the same "hands" and "post moves" that Asik "offered," (and yes, I mean all that in a bad way, which is why I've got the quotes there).
The real steal of this trade might be Randolph. He has the same kind of skills and athleticism that Noah has. He could be a true replacement in the Bulls system. He does't know it, but he's just been waiting his whole life for Tom Thibodeau to coach him into the star he could be.
The idea of getting both for what is essentially chump-change is positively endorphin inducing.