Where Do The Bulls Go From Here?

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On Friday night Derrick Rose suffered a right meniscus tear against the Portland Trailblazers, and he’s scheduled for surgery today putting his 2013-2014 season in jeopardy. Like most Bull fans, and NBA fans in general this injury news really stung for me. Not because it ruined the Bulls NBA title dreams, but because I’ve witnessed another terrible knee injury for Derrick Rose. This is a guy who did everything right by sitting out an entire year to rehab his knee just to come back a better player. Now he comes back this year, and injures his right knee is just unsettling. Now I’ve heard all the so called Bull fans, and NBA fans all around raise questions about Derrick Rose regarding his health. I even heard the word  “injury prone” being tossed around. People have already started raising doubt about him never being the same player again. I believe if Rose does the exact same thing for his right knee as he did for his left knee he will come back just fine. This injury should wake up the Bulls front office, and make them realize that they’re left with no choice and need to blow up this core. This team is a great team in the regular season, but come playoff time they don’t have enough scoring options to compete with the Miami Heat. I’ve always said you can’t win a championship with Luol Deng being your second best player. This isn’t a shot at Deng, because he’s a good player, but the Bulls need more than that from their second best player, and that’s something Deng can’t do. It’s been reported that Deng would like a raise in his salary (he’s currently making 14million), and that’s something the Bulls can’t do. Deng has piled up a lot of mileage on his body due to him ranking first in minutes played the last several years. Bulls missed plenty of opportunities to trade Deng for years especially when his value was high around the NBA after the 2011-2012 season when he made his first All Star team.  Now they’re left with no choice, but to trade him rather than watching him walk after the season. I’ve used the ESPN trade machine, and looked at some trades that may work for the Bulls if they finally decide to trade Deng.

Jameer Nelson And Aaron Afflalo for Luol Deng: Bulls can look to trade Teague, and have Jameer and Kirk run the point for the rest of the season. Kirk is a free agent after this year so you’re ultimately allowing Jameer to be your pg next year. In my opinion Afflalo is a guy that’s very underrated around the NBA. Is he enough for the Bulls at shooting guard? Maybe, and maybe not but it’s better than having two small forwards in your starting 5, and I’m sure Afflalo can provide more of a scoring punch than Deng.

Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette for Luol Deng: I don’t like this trade at all, but if the Bulls are really looking to move Deng they could consider this. Jimmer is a free agent after this year and I think he could still be a solid player in the NBA if he’s used right. People have to remember the guy knows how to shoot the rock. I was more of a fan of Marcus Thornton when he was in New Orleans. I think he’s a solid player, but I’m not too sure if he’s a piece the Bulls need especially with him making 8million dollars the next two years (Remember the Bulls are cheap).

Eric Gordon For Luol Deng: I know no one likes this deal, and I dont blame you but if Gordon somehow stayed healthy for a full season it’s something I would consider. This would be a trade that helped both teams. The Pelicans need a small forward, and the Bulls desperately need a shooting guard that can score, and take some pressure off Derrick Rose. I know the Bulls have their dreams set on landing a big star in free agency, but lets be honest the Bulls haven’t been too successful at landing big name free agents. Unless you would like to consider Eddie Robinson, and Ron Mercer big names. If they don’t have confidence in landing Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love this offseason and next this should be a trade they at least consider.

Personally I feel like the Bulls should trade Deng and tank the rest of the way so they can get a lottery pick in this highly talented 2014 NBA draft. But I know a Tom Thiboeau team would never do such a thing.

I’m not sure what’s the next move for the Bulls, but I do know they need a trade and reshape their roster. Rather that’s Deng or somebody else on this roster, I just know something needs to be done. I would probably say Noah, Rose, and maybe Butler are my untouchables. But anyone can be traded for the right offer. I’ve never put my hopes and dreams into John Paxson, and Gar Forman making moves to improve this roster. But I do know this injury may give everyone an idea about what kind of front office the Bulls have. Along with what they do in the next two offseasons.

And for everyone who thinks a trade isn’t possible just remember even Gilbert Arenas, and Joe Johnson got traded once. Just know that no contract is untradeable in the NBA.

I just pray Derrick Rose has a speedy recovery, and hope that he can continue his NBA career injury free.

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Luol On The Move?

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The Chicago Bulls may actually try to make a move that makes sense. Now before I get into the story if you were one of those Bulls fans trying to question Derrick Rose all year you shouldn’t read this. This post is only for real Bulls fans…Reports are surfacing that the Wizards and Bulls have discussed a trade involving the Wizards number 3 pick and Emeka Okafor for Luol Deng. I would do this trade in a heart beat and draft either Ben Mclemore or Victor Oladipo. Mclemore has been compared to Ray Allen which is a high praise. While Victor Oladipo is praised for his defensive ability and athleticism.

I would want Mclemore because it would fill the need for the Bulls as they’ve been in dire need of a SG for the past couple of years. Mclemore would be perfect for DRose to pass the ball to once he breaks down the defense in the paint and Mclemore will be open to hit the three. They will also get younger and cheaper. Bulls would also land a big in Emeka Okafor who would be a great backup behind Joakim Noah. With Gibson, and Okafor coming off the bench the Bulls will have big man depth they will need. Plus Okafor contract ends after this year too. Now before people blowup about how this trade doesn’t make sense for the Bulls let me explain myself. Deng is 29years old in the final year of a six-year deal that was worth 71-million dollars that he signed during the 2008-2009 season.

Now people may say that he’s overpay and he certainly is considering he’s making 14.2million in the final year of his contract. I’m not taking anything away from Luol Deng he’s a valuable piece for the Bulls and the defensive anchor. But Deng has a lot of mileage on his body he’s been top 5 in the league in minutes since 2010. So Deng definitely due to break down sooner or later. An let’s not forget the wrist injury he never got surgery on. I feel like we’ve got the most out of Deng and we will miss his defense presence, but Bulls have Jimmy Butler and they have already proclaimed him as the Deng clone. Bulls defense will always be there considering they have Tom Thibodeau as their head coach.

Deng isn’t a shoe in to resign as well due to him being a FA in 2014 when lots of talent will be available so Bulls can’t let him walk for a bag of sugar. They must strike now! So if this Wizards deal really has life Bulls  should strike right away and make the deal. An for once do something different. We’ve seen this roster stick together long enough the anchors of this franchise is Noah and Rose. Fans will only be satisfied for so long with 60 regular season wins and being bounced in the 2nd rd of the playoffs. It’s time to take that leap and make a move to show everyone you mean business and make a push to finally advance to the finals and beat the Miami Heat. Don’t want to wait until the 2016-2017 season when Derrick Rose is a free agent and he’s interested in leaving due to the Bulls standing pack.

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