This Bulls offseason is like a "Twilight Zone" episode.
It wasn't long ago rumors swirled about the Bulls grabbing high-profile players like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, or Kobe Bryant every offseason. Every trade deadline, Chicago would turn it's eyes to disgruntled big men looking for a change of scenery.
This offseason, the trade winds have died.
The Bulls' problems remain the same, but everything else seems to have changed.
Now, that is all but a distant memory. But why?
The latest rumor, and near-done deal, for Stoudemire was between the Suns and the Golden State Warriors. A trade was about to go down Thursday night, when Davidson star Stephen Curry dropped to the Warriors at No. 7, shaking up the trade tables.
This is the time for the Bulls to jump on the train.
The Suns have acknowledged they are not championship contenders. So much so that they are willing to part with their best player for Andres Biendres, Brandan Wright, and Marco Bellinelli; three players who averaged 28 points per game combined for Golden State last season.
Stoudemire alone averaged 21 points per game.
Judging by this deal that was nearly completed on draft day, its obvious that Phoenix is not looking for players to help them win now. Instead, their motivation for trading is to shed some unwanted poundage during beach season.
The Bulls, meanwhile, nixed a potential deal at last year's trade deadline that would have sent Tyurs Thomas, Joakim Noah, and Drew Gooden to Phenix for Stoudemire. The idea was to send two young big men and an expiring contract to the Suns for a bona fide superstar.
Now, the Bulls are offreing nothing.
They are offering nothing when they clearly have the resources to pull it off.
Chicago drafted two athletic, versatile forwards in Wake Forest's James Johnson and USC's Taj Gibson in Thursday's draft. The selections help the overall depth of the front court, but they still lack star power and a consistent producer in the post.
This is where Stoudemire comes into play. The Bulls have a bevy of expiring contracts and young, talented forwards at their disposal. Center Brad Miller, one of those expiring contracts, and he would fit in well with Phoenix's scheme. Stoudemire on the other hand, is an instant upgrade over Miller in the center position.
Thomas, a key cog in the previous trade dealings, can now be seen as expendable with the acquisition of a similar, if not better, forward James Johnson.
A few trade proposal's come to mind, like:
Chicago Bulls trade Miller, Thomas, and Taj Gibson to Phoenix Suns for Stoudemire
Chicago Bulls trade Miller, Joakim Noah, and Thomas to Phoenix Suns for Stoudemire
The impending issue with any trade for Stoudemire would be the upcoming 2010 free agency battle. Chicago would love to see Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade don a Bulls uniform in 2010, but Stoudemire may be their best bet.
Playing in a fast-paced offense with a dynamic talent like Derrick Rose would certainly boost Stoudemire's numbers, and the assumed success the team would have with him would also play a part in his decision to stay for a championship or leave for money.
No matter what he would decide to do, a player like Stoudemire demands a hefty paycheck. There would be no conceivable way, without dismantling the core of the roster, to keep both he and guard Ben Gordon.
Gordon has wanted out of Chicago for quite some time, but Bulls GM Gar Forman has stated it's priority No. 1 to sign him. That's all well and fine, but it does not rule out the possibility of a sign-and-trade deal:
Chicago Bulls trade Miller, Gordon, and Thomas to Phoenix Suns for Stoudemire
The Bulls still need a post presence to contend for a championship. If this true, then why have talks for Stoudemire faded into oblivion when he is our best chance at putting together a winner?