After a disappointing end to a great regular season by the Chicago Bulls, fans, players, and management all had the same question in mind. Who will the Chicago Bulls acquire this offseason?
With names like Dwight Howard, Richard Hamilton and Rudy Gay floating around, Bulls fans are eager to know who will be the next big thing in Chicago. Since there are a lot of different rumors floating around, The Sports Dish will be looking at three possible scenarios to fit the Bulls needs and make them as good, if not better than the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
Scenario 1: Trade Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, Taj Gibson, 2011 first-round draft pick, and 2012 first-round draft pick to Orlando for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu
This trade makes the most sense to Bulls fans because the Bulls lack solid scoring from big men, day in and day out. Dwight Howard, only being 25, is an athletic freak for his size and players are yet to know when he has hit his prime. The thought of Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose being together is beyond belief and will help the Bulls tremendously. Although the Bulls are giving up solid scorers like Luol Deng and Kyle Korver, they are receiving a consistent three-point threat in Hedo Turkoglu.
The trade of Gibson might sound bad, but if Boozer can play to his maximum potential each game, than there will be no talk of Gibson in Chicago. Not only are the Bulls winners in this deal, but the Orlando Magic are receiving great players in return for Dwight Howard, who has had no intention to permanently stay in Orlando.
Scenario 2: Bulls Trade Ronnie Brewer, Omer Asik, and 2011 first-round draft pick to Memphis for O.J. Mayo, Ishmael Smith, and a 2011 second-round draft pick
This pickup of O.J. Mayo would provide the Bulls with a lot of talent at the shooting guard position. With a solid scorer to help out Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls would match up well against any team in the NBA. The Bulls only problem was that they didn't have consistently well shooting from Keith Bogans. While Bogans would hit quite a lot of threes, he still lacked the shooting presence the Bulls are searching for. In this trade, the Bulls give up Ronnie Brewer, who is far less talented than Mayo offensively.
The only thing that would hurt the Bulls is the fact that Asik will not be able to back up Noah. But with a veterans minimum contract on Kurt Thomas, along with the Bulls' 2010 second-round pick, Vladimir Veremeenko, playing in Chicago in the next year or two, the Bulls will not have to worry about Asik. The Bulls can also use their other first round draft pick to gain a solid center in the draft like Keith Benson out of Oakland.
Scenario 3: Bulls Trade Both 2011 first-round draft picks (No. 28 and No. 30) To Philadelphia for 16th Pick in NBA Draft; Bulls use pick to draft Marshon Brooks from Providence
The highest rising player in most NBA mock drafts, Marshon Brooks is projecting to be as good as the hype he is receiving. After having an outstanding workout in Chicago, a few weeks ago, the Bulls and most every organization placed Marshon Brooks high up on their draft boards. The Bulls, in my opinion, should really consider going after a player like Marshon Brooks.
Standing at 6'5", Marshon Brooks brings a tall frame to the shooting guard position. Not only does Brooks drive in well, but he also has a great jump shot. Brooks would be a great option for the Bulls, who wouldn't have to do as much to improve their team. When gaining a player of Brooks-caliber, the Bulls can expect a solid 15-20 points per game from Brooks if they can utilize him well in the Bulls offense.
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