NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls Need To Inquire About Rudy Fernandez from Mavs

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2011

DENVER - DECEMBER 28:  Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during a break in the action against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on December 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Blazers 95-77. 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 Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks are looking around for someone to take on Rudy Fernandez. They aren't looking to trade him so much as they are looking to dump salary.

The Chicago Bulls are optimally primed to take him on and while they are expected to gain Rip Hamilton already, it wouldn't hurt to add another wing. 

The beauty is that all they would theoretically have to send to get him is Keith Bogans and his contract. Then Dallas would not extend the contract and dump the salary outright. It would be win-win. 

Rudy Fernandez has not been the shooter he has a reputation as being, but he is a good shot-creator and would be a nice addition on the Bulls—particularly if they could get him in a deal that makes Dallas look like they overpaid to get Lamar Odom.

Defensively, he's not the strongest guy in the world, which is the nice way of saying he gets overpowered by point guards, but he is quick and would probably be able to be marginally successful in coach Tom Thiboeau's system. 

There are no reports, though, on whether this will happen—whether Chicago has inquired or, for that matter, who Dallas is talking to. 

Since they would be giving up literally nothing, the worst that happens is they can always just trade him off at the trade deadline if things aren't working out. 

The Chicago Bulls, at the very least, should make a phone call and run the notion of a Bogans-for-Fernandez swap.

Incidentally, in other far more dramatic news, the Chicago Bulls re-signed Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine today, according to NBA.com. Why do I suddenly have a craving for a Big Mac?