Clairvoyant Bill has given us a lot to talk about.
In the most recent episode of Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose's 2013 NBA Preview, Bill's alter-ego proposed a deal that would send the Milwaukee Bucks' Caron Butler and Ekpe Udoh to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng.
Take a listen to his thoughts:
I've been on board with a lot of Simmons' trade ideas during this series, but I have to suggest pumping the brakes on this one.
In terms of money, the deal works in ESPN's NBA Trade Machine. But how on earth does it benefit Chicago from a basketball standpoint? Or a financial standpoint for that matter?
You can't point to the value of Butler and Udoh being on expiring contracts. That's irrelevant because Deng is on one as well.
Back to the basketball side of things, I just can't see Chicago forfeiting a core that might contend for a title now that it has a healthy Derrick Rose in exchange for a downgrade at small forward and a backup center who might get one or two blocks a game.
Deng is five years younger than Butler and was better in almost every significant metric outside of shooting last season.
I guess if Chicago really wanted to give up defense, rebounding, experience with this group and knowledge of the system for better three-point shooting, they'd consider it. Sounds unlikely though, right?
Yeah, that's what I thought too.
The only thing that could potentially sweeten this deal for the Bulls would be some kind of draft consideration in 2014, but there won't be many teams wanting to miss out on that group of prospects—Milwaukee included.
Like I said—in previous analysis, I've agreed with Simmons on a lot of his trade ideas.
Of course this would make the Bucks much better, but I see no upside for the Bulls.
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