What Should the Bulls Do With Ben Gordon?

Joe WillettSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2008

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Ben Gordon has watched free agents come and go.  But he is, at this point, the last major name left on the scrap heap of the NBA's free agent market.

There has been a lot of speculation that he may go somewhere else and that he will never play as a Bull again, which means that my Gordon jersey is probably no longer relevant.

"I guess it's safe to say I've played my last game in a Bulls uniform," Gordon has been quoted as saying.

The most likely thing to happen, according to ESPN, is that there will be a sign-and-trade.  Gordon's agent, Raymond Brothers, has reportedly been speaking to teams about that option.

"I'm pretty optimistic it'll happen," said Gordon, who averaged 18.6 points last season. "It's very likely."

The problem with Gordon is that he wants Luol Deng's contract, but he isn't really a starter.  There have been reports that he is also looking at playing over in Europe. 

According to Fox Sports, he has also turned down a one-year qualifying offer of $6.4 million by the Bulls, and now it seems like he is going to have to find somewhere else to play.

He can't force a sign-and-trade, although, at this point, it seems like that would be the best option for both parties.

Now, the Salt Lake Tribune is going over the possibility of Gordon making his way over to the Utah Jazz.  Although they admit that it is only a small possibility at this point.

If they can get him at a reasonable price, he could be a welcomed addition to the Jazz and if the Bulls can work a sign-and-trade, they can find a way to get some sort of value out of him.

A good choice would be PF Paul Millsap, who could become a good inside presence with Drew Gooden or Joakim Noah.  Millsap has size, 6'8" 258 lbs, and has shown that he can come in and play well.

Last season in time as a backup, Millsap was able to score just under 10 points and just over five rebounds a game.

Also, he averaged just under one block a game in only 20 minutes, which could bode well for becoming a defensive force inside.

The deal works well for Millsap because he is a good player that gets is hidden because of Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur.

He's also only 23-years-old and can become a strong inside player.  I can see him becoming a 20-10 guy inside, and his numbers thus far have proven that he is capable of that.

If Derrick Rose plays as well as he is expected, then he and Millsap could have the same relationship that Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler, which would be tremendous for the Bulls.  At the SG position, they would likely use a shooting guard by committee approach with Larry Hughes, Kirk Hinrich and Thabo Sefolosha.

As for the Jazz, they would have a great scoring option for Derron Williams which would open up the floor for him and Boozer to have more time and they could have a strong trio with Williams, Gordon and Boozer.

Add that to Okur and Andrei Kirilenko and they would have a solid starting five serious questions at any starting position.

This would also be good for Ronnie Brewer who can get some more time to learn the game and slowly work his way into the lineup and they would have two choices at the SG position in case one player is a flop.

No matter what they do, they need to come up with a decision soon as the season starts in under two months and both sides need to get accustomed to their new situations.

I'm Joe W.

Joe also writes for Hoops4Life.com, a basketball fan's site.