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Waive Carlos Boozer and C.J. Watson to make room for David West and Rodney Stuckey.
There would have to be an amnesty clause.
The Chicago Bulls could decide they would be better off downgrading at power forward to fill their need for a shooting guard.
The scenario would require the Bulls to waive Carlos Boozer but also unload a contract, and I believe the best choice would be C.J Watson.
Watson is a serviceable point guard who only received 13.3 minutes of playing time last season. Adjusting his numbers to 36 minutes of playing time, Watson averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 assists. While C.J Watson is no star, teams should be inclined to pick up his contract if Chicago offers a pick.
With Boozer and Watson out of the way, the Bulls will have slashed $17.2 million in salary. With this money they could pursue a number of free agents this off season.
David West is a perennial All-Star who is a prototype power forward. West can score, defend and rebound the ball, and he has been very important to the Hornets these past few years.
Last season, West averaged 19 points and just under eight rebounds for the Hornets, who finished the season with 46 wins. One could argue that David West is just as good as Boozer, or very close.
He is two years older, and he should cost significantly less than Boozer. Chicago is a great place for David West to win, and in an interview with the Star Ledger, West was quoted saying, "Like I said, when the time comes, we’ll see what’s out there. Again, at this point in my career, money won’t really be the number one (criterion)."
If the Bulls could nab David West for around 55 percent of the money they're going to slash (which will be anywhere between $6-9 million per year, depending on how much the cap shrinks), that will leave another large chunk of money to spend on a shooting guard of choice.
From there, the Bulls could pursue Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey in free agency. Stuckey was forced to play point guard for the Pistons even though to many, he's a shooting guard. Stuckey was in a terrible situation last season where he was sharing playing time with Ben Gordon, Tracey McGrady, Will Bynum, and the disgruntled Richard Hamilton.
Team chemistry issues were a huge problem for the Pistons, and Rodney Stuckey should be thrilled at an opportunity to play for the Bulls.
The Detroit Pistons recently drafted a very similar player to Rodney Stuckey in Brandon Knight, and it wouldn't make sense for them to match Chicago's offer. They are a rebuilding team which could spend that same money filling a position of need rather than bringing back a guard.
The Chicago Bulls will want Stuckey, because he's one of the best shooting guards available. Many fans believe Chicago should sign mediocre players like Shannon Brown and Anthony Parker, but Stuckey would give the Bulls a legitimate starter.
Though players like Jason Richardson and Jamal Crawford might be better, they are both over 30-years-old and will require a long term contract. Don't get me wrong, signing them would be great for the Bulls, but with Stuckey the Bulls will get a quality player who is just entering his prime.
Rodney Stuckey is a good passer for a shooting guard, and his main struggles offensively were due to the fact he had to create his own shots.
With Derrick Rose running the point, Stuckey can play his natural position at shooting guard, and he will have an easier time scoring when others set him up.
The Chicago Bulls lacked ball movement in the playoffs, and with Stuckey they will have one of the best passing 2 guards in the league. Standing 6'5" tall, Stuckey has a sturdy frame which works well with his athleticism on the defensive end of the floor.
If the Bulls erase Boozer and Watson and replace them with David West and Stuckey, they will have the best starting lineup in the NBA.