Chicago Bulls Rumors: Nick Young Would Solve Bulls' SG Woes

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18:  Nick Young #1 of the Washington Wizards rests during a break in the game against the Miami Heat at the Verizon Center on December 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. 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 Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls are off and running this free agent period, and they are aggressively pursuing Washington Wizards restricted free agent Nick Young to solve their shooting guard woes.

As reported by Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls have interest in Young, along with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets, according to front office sources. 

Young, 26, provides speed and length (6'7") at the two-guard position. In 2010-11, Young started 40 games for the Wizards and averaged 17.4 points a night on 44.1 percent shooting.

The Bulls would want a shooting guard who could spread the floor with a solid three-point shot. Young is a career 38.3 percent shooter, which is higher than current Bull Keith Bogans' 35.5 percent career average.

Pairing Derrick Rose with Young in the Bulls backcourt would be really fun to watch. Young is a deadly catch-and-shoot player who hit 45.4 percent of his long twos last year, many of which were contested.

Rose needs a solid shooter as Bogans, Ronnie Brewer and "acclaimed" sharpshooter Kyle Korver (38.8 percent in the postseason) failed to spread the floor, allowing defenses to key in on Rose.

For the Bulls to make this happen, they need to be willing use the amnesty clause on someone like Korver ($10 million over two years) to free up cap space. If they don't want to amnesty Korver, then the Bulls might have to sign-and-trade with the Wizards.

A possible trade could be either rookie forward Jimmy Butler or center Omer Asik along with a first-round pick for Young.

Young would be the guard to bring the Bulls to an NBA championship.

He does not have any health problems like the Phoenix Suns' Vince Carter, Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd and Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy.

He is a better shooter than someone like the Atlanta Hawks' Jamal Crawford and is a proven starter, something the Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown can't argue.

Youth is also on Young's side, as Carter is 34 and the Orlando Magic's Jason Richardson is 30. This would allow Young to develop and gel alongside Rose for years to come.

If the Bulls are lucky enough to get Young to play alongside Rose, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks better watch out as the Bulls would be primed for a championship run.