2011 Trade Deadline: 7 Reasons Why the Chicago Bulls Won't Make a Trade
Throughout the season, Bulls fans have been clamoring for a high profile shooting guard, or at least an improvement over the embarrassingly bad Keith Bogans. This past week it has become clear the candidates are Anthony Parker and Courtney Lee. And the Bulls do need an upgrade at SG because they practically start each game, and the second half, with four players since the contributions made by Keith Bogans are so little. But, unfortunately the Bulls might not make any trades this season, either for Parker, Lee or any other players.
If the Bulls do make a trade, they should include Taj Gibson for these reasons.
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Reason No. 7: Chemistry
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This is not a major factor, but still is something that definitely will be considered. Potential factors that could mess with chemistry:
- New Coach
- New Players
- Coach is almost too intense.
- Players playing huge minutes, might eventually revolt.
Many more issues arise in a locker room over a season, as anyone who as played sports will tell you, but here are some of the more plausible problems. And while there hasn’t been any major attitude problems reported about Courtney Lee and Anthony Parker, both have bounced around the league so aren’t exactly the high character players teams aren’t willing to give up. The management might not want to throw a guy with a questionable attitude into the mix this late in the season, and risk messing up what they have created.
Reason No. 6: Charlotte Pick
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Chicago basically stole this draft pick from Michael Jordan's team, see picture, in exchange for the disappointing Tyrus Thomas.
It is lottery projected, but the Bobcats are an interesting team in that sometimes they appear as a playoff team, and others can get blown out by the Cavaliers. If the Bobcats play the way they are expected to next year, when the draft pick is, it probably will be lottery.
The Bulls had a 1.7 percent chance to win the year they drafted Derrick Rose, it might happen again. Still, it probably will be a top ten pick, and any SG drafted that high has a chance to be outstanding. And a trade partner might ask for it, and the Bulls will nix any trade involving this pick unless Melo would be the prize.
Rumors have said that a second-round pick might be all that will be needed to take Anthony Parker from the Cavs, but such a trade probably won’t happen. A team would not trade a quality player AND an expiring contract in exchange for a second-round pick that will turn into a player who probably won’t even make the roster. At the least a trade partner will expect the Charlotte pick, which will lead to a trade not happening.
Reason No. 5: Asik
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Omer Asik has been a quality player as a backup for the Bulls this year, but it is clear that Thib’s does not entirely trust the rookie from Turkey. Right now, it is rumored the Rockets want him in exchange for Courtney Lee, but similar to the draft picks, the Bulls won’t give him up. Even though he has only played substantial minutes in the fourth quarter once, Asik is playing consistent minutes.
Management and the front office are in love with his potential as a player and are proud of their find in him, as he is the first Bulls European big man in a while to produce. And with Kurt Thomas only being under contract for one year, and the fact he likely will retire next year anyways, Asik will get a huge increase in minutes next year, even though he will be behind Noah. The only difference is that he will get all the minutes when Noah is resting, instead of splitting them with Kurt. The Bulls won’t trade their young, promising bigman who is a key part of their future, leaving all trade involving Asik, AKA the Courtney Lee Trade, dead.
Reason No. 4: Free Agency
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A popular solution for many Bulls fans is to just wait until free agency this year as many decent SG’s, such as JR Smith, will be available, and the Bulls just might agree and decide to do that, leaving the chance of a trade this season low. While it is true that there might be a new CBA, and therefore a different, and lower cap, you never know. But with the Bulls giving huge money to: Deng, Boozer, Noah and Rose, free agency might be a little hard to take part in, which is why this reason is so low on this list. But the MLE, or mid level exception might exist in the new CBA, which could be worth enough to sign a slightly above average shooting guard.
Again, not a good reason why not to make a trade, but the Bulls might decide to gamble on the fact there will be an MLE or some other contract that would allow them to sign a FA even though they are over the cap.
Reason No. 3: If It Ain’t Broke…
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It is not the most important reason, but is certainly being considered by the Bulls management. The old saying does have a certain amount of impact on this issue. The team right now is on pace to finish within the top three in the East, and number four at very least. Management might decide not to waste assets for a player when the current team is in line to make a playoff run this year.
This would be a very poor reason not to make a trade. Although there is a certain amount of logic as to why not to make a trade due to the reason listed above, the Bulls are not a complete team. No team with Keith Bogans as the starting SG will win a championship. Ronnie Brewer can play the fast break, but cannot hit the outside J. Kyle Korver has the exact opposite skill set to Brewer. And unless the Bulls find a shooting guard who can do a little of both skill sets, there won’t be a new banner in the United Center for a while. However, if the management thinks they can win the Championship with their current roster, don’t expect to see a trade anytime soon.
Reason No. 2: Captain Kirk
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For all you Kirk Hinrich fans out there, get ready to celebrate, the Bulls might not trade assets for a SG because they are counting on a certain ex fan favorite to return to his team. Traded for nothing to make cap room this past summer, Kirk is said to not be enjoying his time in Washington. When his huge contract expires in two seasons, he is said to be willing to return to the Bulls for nothing. As a result, the front office might decide to save assets and let Derrick Rose get some quality playoff experience before signing Hinrich for next to nothing and making a championship run in two years.
Reason No.1: Someone in Mind.
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The number one reason why the Bulls won’t made a trade this year is because the Bulls have their eye on someone, whether they mean to sign the player in free agency, draft him this year, or draft him next year, and they don’t want to trade assets if they could get their target player for nothing later on. While the Bulls are said to be interested in Courtney Lee and Anthony Parker, it seems as if both players are intended to be rental players and not the permanent solution. I believe the reason we haven’t heard more about the Bulls shopping around for other permanent solutions such as OJ Mayo is because the team has decided who they want their long-term SG to be.
Management is confident they will be able to get this player, and we know they are because management would have tried to get a real stud at the trade deadline. This means the player won’t be signed in free agency as you never know where a player sign, *cough* Lebron *cough*.
That leaves the draft to add the player management is targeting, and as we know the team is going to be drafting rather late this year. Next year however, as mentioned, the team could be drafting in the top ten thanks to the Charlotte pick. One SG has been projected to be a top ten pick then year, and his name is Austin Rivers, son of the Bulls’ main competition in the East, Doc Rivers, coach of the Celtics.
As a result, I believe the Bulls won’t make a trade this season because they are planning on doing whatever it takes to draft the current High School senior Austin Rivers to play alongside Derrick Rose next year.