Chicago Bulls and the ESPN Trade Machine

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 28, 2009

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After reading a Bob Warja article about the Chicago Bulls being stuck in NBA hell, I have decided to look and see what could be done to fix their current status.

While doing research, I came across ESPN's NBA Trade Machine, and decided to have some fun with it.

Note, these trades may not be realistic, but they are fun ways to get superstars on the Bulls. Also, these trades are assuming that Ben Gordon is no longer with the Bulls.  Finally, when I give the Bulls lineup, it goes PG, SG, SF, PF, C.

Oklahoma City Thunder get: DeMarcus Nelson (SG-CHI), Luol Deng (SF-CHI)

Boston Celtics get: Tyrus Thomas (PF-CHI), Kirk Hinrich (PG-CHI), Brad Miller (C-CHI)

Chicago Bulls get: Kevin Durant (SF-OKC), Kevin Garnett (PF-BOS), Jeff Green (F-OKC)

With this trade, the Bulls lineup looks like this: Derrick Rose, John Salmons, Durant, Garnett, Joakim Noah.

The inside scoring and overall presence of Garnett goes well with the overall talent of Durant, and the outstanding athleticism of Rose. The Bulls would likely be among the favorites to win the NBA Finals.

With Jeff Green as a backup, the Bulls have a quality sixth man to give some resting time to Garnett or Durant, as he can play both positions.

Moving Salmons to the SG spot will allow the Bulls to save cap space by not re-signing Gordon, and with Salmons shooting ability, I don't see the Bulls missing him.


Cleveland Cavaliers get: Deng, Thomas, Hinrich

Chicago Bulls get: Mo Williams (PG-CLE), LeBron James (SF-CLE)

Sure, the Bulls don't get the inside presence that they so desperately need, but the machine wouldn't let me acquire Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Instead, I stole Mo Williams, who would move over to the SG spot and play alongside Rose. With the switch, Williams won't have to penetrate as much, and he should be able to complete a full season.

Finally, the Bulls would have LeBron James, one of the greatest to ever play the game. James is just 24 years old, so he has plenty of time to get used to his new team.

According to ESPN, the Bulls would add 21 wins with this trade.

There are only two problems with this trade: James no longer gets to play with Superman, and what number would he wear?


Orlando Magic get: Hinrich, Noah

Cleveland Cavaliers get: Deng, Thomas, Nelson, Linton Johnson (PF-CHI), Anthony Robertson (SG-CHI), J.J. Redick (SG-ORL), Courtney Lee (SG-ORL)

Chicago Bulls get: James, Dwight Howard (C-ORL)

Sure, in the previous trade we get more perimeter presence and still have James, but the problem of James with Superman is now fixed by adding Howard to the mix.

With this trade, your lineup for the Chicago Bulls next season looks like Rose, Salmons, James, Miller, Howard.

The best Big Three in all of basketball? Yes, by far. 

According to ESPN, Chicago improves by 33 wins with this trade, bringing the Bulls up to a 74 win season, which would be the best in NBA history.

There is one glaring problem, however.

Chicago Bulls now have just 10 players on their roster, another problem, the Cavs have 21.


Portland Trailblazers get: Thomas

Chicago Bulls get: LaMarcuss Aldridge (PF-POR)

Yes, according to ESPN, this trade is still possible, and we can still fix one of the bigger draft day mistakes in recent Bulls memory.

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