NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Players Chicago Bulls Should Target To Improve Title Hopes
Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls have won three games in a row, continuing their domination of the NBA Central.
At 37–16, the Chicago Bulls are third in the Eastern Conference, behind the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.
The Bulls are playing great basketball, and Derrick Rose is having an MVP season, averaging 24.7 points, 8.2 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. A solid year all around thus far.
But this is Chicago. The city of Michael Jordan and Walter Payton. Solid doesn't quite cut it.
Here are 10 players the Bulls should target to help an NBA title blow in to the Windy City.
There have been rumors that Deron Williams and Steve Nash may be moved within the next few weeks. Though they are great players, they aren't what the Bulls need.
Mo Williams, however, could be useful.
Rose is playing 38 minutes a game and turning the ball over nearly four times a game.
That's no knock on Rose, but naturally, when sharing the back court with the likes of Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans, he has the ball—a lot.
It is looking as though the Bulls will clear the first round hurdle come playoff time, and they will need Rose fresh to beat the likes of Orlando, Miami, Boston, maybe even Atlanta.
Mo Williams is a veteran PG who can handle the ball, run a team, and shoot at a good clip. The Bulls won't need Williams to carry the load he has had to in Cleveland; just give Rose a rest without sacrificing competence at the PG slot.
And there is no reason for Cleveland to hold onto any talent.
The Houston Rockets have said they are looking to trade up for more size.
With the future of Yao Ming in question, the Rockets need some body who can step in and grab rebounds.
The Bulls have a truck load of guys who do just that.
The Bulls, remember, need someone to take some pressure of Rose come playoff time, and Kyle Lowry could be an option.
He is a young guard scoring just over 11 points per game with a three to one assist to turnover ratio.
However, he has become a key player for Houston as of late.
Is Lowry worth someone like Noah or Deng?
Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago–Sun Times that he wants the Bulls to start running more when Joakim Noah returns after the All–Star break.
Can you think of a better option to have filling the lanes with Rose than Andre Iguodala?
Without question one of the best athletes in the NBA, Iguodola would be a nightmare to try and guard on the break, especially with Rose pushing the ball.
Of course, the Bulls would have to give up someone, probably Luol Deng.
Still, Iguodola can fill that scoring void if the Bulls are running, and with team steals leader Ronnie Brewer still around, the Bulls have some scary length and athleticism playing the passing lanes and crashing the boards.
That equals a headache for the duos of Pierce and Allen and Wade and James.
Danny Granger is a 6'8" small forward, averaging 21 points off of 16 shots per game on a bad team.
Some people think he has fallen off.
Don't pass on him just yet.
The Bulls need another scoring option, ideally one who can create shots like Danny Granger.
If defenses have to react to two scoring threats on the wing, especially a big, versatile threat like Danny Granger, then the baseline will open up, giving Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah room to clear the offensive glass.
Playing in a conference where three is the magic number, Rose, Boozer, and Granger could beat the best of them.
But Rose, Boozer, and Anthony might be better.
The Lakers have said they have no plans of trading Andrew Bynum, but if they did, he would be a nice fit with the Bulls.
He doesn't demand too many touches, but he can convert when given the ball in the right spot.
With Boozer playing the high post, Bynum could duck to the block and utilize that long, long baby hook of his.
Plus, playing in the east with the likes of Garnett, Horford, and Howard, Bynum would add more rebounds and shot blocking for an already tough Chicago front court.
If rumors that the Orlando Magic are considering a trade to acquire Zach Randolph are true, the Bulls should make a play just to try and stop it.
Hey, that worked out well for the San Franscisco Giants when they got Cody Ross.
Randolph has been an unmentioned beast this season for the Memphis Grizzles, averaging over 20 points per game and near 14 rebounds.
Teamed with Dwight Howard, there is no way Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer could stop Randolph on the low block. Between him and Howard, there is just too much mass to control.
If, while stalling this trade, the Bulls have a real chance to get Randolph, then they should.
By the numbers, he is one of the best players in the NBA.
Stephen Jackson is another player on the Bulls' radar that could come in to fill that void at shooting guard.
Jackson, like Mayo, has had his issues with coaches and teammates in the past, but is much older than Mayo; that may make him more likely to buy into the system to win a championship.
USC coach Kevin O' Neil, who has worked with both Jackson and Mayo, has said Jackson would fit better alongside Rose in Chicago.
He is big shooting guard at 6'8" and can score the ball. Jackson is averaging about 19 points per game for the Bobcats.
Plus, he can shoot the three, which would clear up the lane for Rose.
People may cringe at the thought of putting OJ Mayo in the same backcourt as Derrick Rose, but if history does repeat, as they say, this duo has potential.
Think New York, 1971, Earl Monroe is traded to the Knicks, who already had Walt Frazier, and nobody expects the two guards to be able to coexist.
Not only did the "Rolls Royce Backcourt" coexist, they flourished and won a championship in 1973.
This is not comparing Monroe and Frazier, two Hall of Fame guards, with Mayo and Rose, two guards who have only recently been able to buy beer legally, but you cannot deny Mayo and Rose are both very talented.
They play a similar game, slashing and attacking the tin. Throw a couple of shooters on the court with them, and the Bulls are hard to contain.
This year, Mayo's numbers have fell while Rose's have skyrocketed.
Maybe playing with a talented peer like Rose would make Mayo better.
However, the more likely choice for shooting guard looks to be Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets.
Apparently, there have been talks between the Bulls and Rockets about a trade involving Lee and Bulls center Omer Asik.
Lee has been playing more minutes in the month of February than he did in January, maybe to intice teams to make a trade for him.
Lee is athletic and he can knock down the three.
Though the other players on this list are of a higher profile and frankly, more talented, this trade is likely to actually happen.