The Bulls have several important decisions to make this offseason. Along with drafting guard Derrick Rose with the first overall pick, the Bulls are loaded with young talented guards.
As of now, the Bulls have Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, Thabo Sefolosha, and Larry Hughes under contract for next season. Their main problem over the last several years has been low post scoring as they only have Joakim Noah, Drew Gooden, and Tyrus Thomas as talented big men, but none are true low post scorers. Their main decision is to decide what to do with restricted free agents Luol Deng and Ben Gordon.
Here are the following scenarios the Bulls can decide on doing:
1. Re-sign both Luol Deng and Ben Gordon and keep team in tact:
They would do this so they would not put too much pressure on Derrick Rose by keeping veteran guard Kirk Hinrich to help share the load of facilitating the offense. They hope that this decision would allow the young players to grow and become leaders. That will lead to the making the playoffs and being a very solid team.
2. Re-sign Luol Deng and sign and trade Gordon and another player for a talented big man.
Possible deals they can do: Ben Gordon, Joakim Noah, and Thabo Sefolosha for Shawn Marion.
Ben Gordon and Thabo Sefolosha for Zach Randolph.
Starting lineup after this trade would be: PG Derrick Rose, SG Larry Hughes, SF Luol Deng, PF Zach Randolph, C Joakim Noah. Backups: G Kirk Hinrich, F Tyrus Thomas, Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, C Aaron Gray
3. Keep Gordon and Deng and Trade Hinrich and another player for a big man.
They can re-sign both Ben Gordon and Luol Deng and trade Hinrich and Nocioni for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. If this was to go through then the Bulls lineup would be: PG Derrick Rose, SG Larry Hughes, SF Luol Deng, PF Shawn Marion, C Joakim Noah, with Ben Gordon, Drew Gooden, and Tyrus Thomas from the bench.
4. Make a trade for a superstar player.
Some players they can acquire are Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tracy McGrady, and Vince Carter. Carter would be the least likely to be traded because he is over 30. McGrady would be the other least likely to be traded because he is very injury prone.
Carmelo and Wade would be the more likely with Wade to the most likely because he is from Chicago and he is more injury prone. Even though it will be unlikely that Miami would trade Wade, they would accept an offer if a good one was proposed to them.
In my opinion, I think they should make a deal for Shawn Marion to give them a more versatile type of player instead of Drew Gooden. Marion is a solid scorer, great defensive player and great rebounder. He would help the Bulls be a sure playoff team and be a top five team in the East.
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