O.J Mayo or Omer Asik? Who's More Vital to Future Chicago Success

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IMay 14, 2011

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 07:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the  Memphis Grizzlies celebrates during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee.The Grizzlies won in overtime 101-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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This offseason, the Bulls will be targeting a shooting guard to fill the biggest void in the starting rotation.

O.J. Mayo was one of the biggest names thrown around before the trade deadline came and went, but a deal wasn't struck to send the shooter to Chicago, which could eventually end up being the downfall for the Windy City's favorite basketball team.

The Bulls made a strong push for Mayo, offering two first-round draft picks, Ronnie Brewer and a second-round draft pick as reported in Sports Illustrated and the Chicago Tribune, as well as an article by a fellow Bleacher Report writer:

Unfortunately for Chicago fans, Memphis didn't accept it due to possibly a grudge held against them by their owner Michael Heisley. He doesn't deal with the Bulls due to "competitive reasons."

Whether that is the certain reason or not is unknown.

Let's go into a hypothetical mindset now. If the Bulls were to give up all of their draft picks this season along with Omer Asik and were guaranteed O.J. Mayo, would they accept it?

Omer Asik has recently begun to come out of his shell. He played the crucial portion of the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 and did his part of shutting down the offense led by Joe Johnson. He's a lengthy, young center who could develop into something great—just look at how much he improved in one season.

However, the Bulls have a starting lineup and it would be much easier to sign a backup center than it would be to get a starting shooting guard.

O.J. Mayo would bring a second consistent scoring threat to play aside Derrick Rose. Because Mayo is a long distance threat, he would stretch the floor, giving Rose more room to develop his moves and get to the basket. It would definitely add some diversity to the Chicago offense that seems to be much needed. The current offense seems very one dimensional at times and often relies heavily on MVP Derrick Rose.

With the consistent beating Rose takes on a nightly basis, his performances will begin to drop and injuries will begin to rise. It's inevitable; he needs help.

Still hypothetically speaking, if I were to be in the situation Chicago will be this offseason, I would look for every other option in free agency before trading anyone away.

If nothing comes about, then deal with the O.J. Mayo trade situation.

Is it worth trading Asik before his potential is reached, though? It seems as if Chicago could certainly get more out of Asik if they wait another year or two.

Don't be shy in sharing your opinions on this. I'm interested in knowing how the majority of fans feel on a situation such as this.