The last thing I can imagine Chris Paul wanting to see or hear about right now is him being at his sixth training camp with New Orleans in early October. Because just this past season, Paul, the league's best offensive initiator, repeatedly found himself shouldering all of the Hornets' offense with games of 33 points and 17 assists and no actual second option to defer to when needed.
And although the Hornets' 2010-11 season record was easily above reproach, it's worth noting that their defense was largely instrumental in their success. But even that defense ran into problems in mid-April against a year-removed NBA championship team that had already been flirting with throwing the proverbial white flag.
Yes, a defense anchored by Emeka Okafor and Aaron Gray amusingly wasn't enough for a disinterested Pau Gasol.
So for a team that has experienced negative offensive production even when their superstar was on the floor, make Michael Beasley your No. 1 priority this offseason.
Yes, New Orleans needs him badly. Effective field goal percentage: 49.3.
Here's possibly what it would take to get him from Minnesota: Peja Stojakovic's trade exemption, Hornets' future first-round pick (protected).
The Bulls do not have one player on their active roster who has a hero-complex (Jannero Pargo technically has it, but he's on the inactive roster for some strange reason). Therefore the Bulls have oftentimes found themselves relying too much on their best player, who is by nature extremely unselfish: The Derrick Rose.
With Rose as their point guard, Chicago inspired countless of opportunities throughout the previous offseason for a prized free-agent signing. As it were, Bulls' management believed Carlos Boozer had this special mythical talent referred to as the hero-complex, at five years and $80 million. Rose went to him in every situation you can imagine. Yet Boozer, on an ineffective 51 percent from the field for someone of his price, failed to deliver moment after moment, especially in the postseason.
But Rose continued to go to Boozer again and again. He did this so often that when Rose had to take a couple plays off for one reason or another, Boozer, as expected, was nowhere to be found. It was, in gist, a bad idea to sign him to such a large contract.
Still though, Boozer, in the realm of $80 million guaranteed, afforded himself the vicious onslaught of courtside heckling by home fans.
He essentially caused such counter-intuitive behavior from home fans by precisely attempting 53 percent of his shot from 15 feet and beyond—as his backup Taj Gibson primarily had done—and blocking only one shot every seven games on average throughout the entire season—which Taj Gibson, his backup, primarily didn't do.
Now Chicago has to give up a player or two in order to get that which is not a Boozer:
42 points @ Sacramento; two days later: 35 points vs. Knicks; four days later: 25 points @ Atlanta; five days later: 28 points @ Charlotte; seven days later: 33 points vs. Clippers; nine days later: 25 points @ Lakers.
In short, Rose could use a player with a hero complex. His name might as well be Michael Beasley. Here's possibly what it would take to get him from Minnesota:
Kyle Korver and Chicago's 2011 first-round picks (28th and 30th).
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