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The Chicago Bulls have the worst starting shooting guard in the NBA with Keith Bogans. He's a solid defender, but other than that, not an asset. That being said, it was obvious during the Eastern Conference Playoffs that they need an uprgrade.
Often during Chicago's playoff run last year, they failed to get help from the supporting cast. An offensive option besides Derrick Rose was truly missed, as he was shut down when needed most.
Don't get me wrong, it's not Rose's fault, but giving him a promising guard to work with would benefit both him and the Bulls. There are plenty of shooting guard options available via free agency, but none would create a dynamic duo like Marcus Thornton alongside Rose.
Thornton is an improving defender that would be a nice piece in a solid Bulls attack. Offensively, he will help spread the floor and has the skills to work his way inside.
The Bulls are a team that has the roster to win now, but they are also built for a bright future for years to come. Thornton is the best shooting guard available right now; however, Chicago currently has salary issues.
The top focus for the Bulls should be extending Derrick Rose to a long-term contract. He's obviously the future of the team, but they might need to swing a move to make that happen.
Depending on how Chicago uses their gifted amnesty clause, they could create the necessary room to give Rose a hefty contract as well as signing a shooting guard of the future.