Watching the Bulls has been especially frustrating lately. As such, I think it might be therapeutic for everyone to spend some time on the Trade Machine and completely remake the team however you want it. Don't limit yourself to trades that you can see Pax making -- at this point it's borderline delusional to expect much in that regard. Just decide who you want around Rose and construct semi-plausible trades to make it happen. After all, the Bulls got rid of everyone on the roster within a few years of MJ's arrival, and that seemed to turn out okay. Just try to avoid trades that look like this:
Here's my entry to get the ball rolling:
Bulls get: Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, Sean May, Alexis Ajinca
Bobcats get: Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich, Thabo Sefolosha, Aaron Gray
Quick rationale: Larry Brown gets 3 guys who play good defense, and Aaron Gray, who is big and tries hard. Bulls get a skilled, athletic wing player in Gerald Wallace, plus a decent guard with an expiring contract, the second-coming of Mike Sweetney, and a French lottery ticket.
Bulls get: Shawn Marion, Nick Collison, Jamaal Magloire, Damien Wilkins
Heat get: Joakim Noah, Drew Gooden, Joe Smith, Earl Watson, Cedric Simmons
Thunder get: Tyrus Thomas, Dorell Wright, Larry Hughes, Chris Quinn
Quick rationale: Marion has been underwhelming in Miami, and rumors persist that the Heat are shopping him around. The Bulls could see if he plays well with Rose and possibly keep him at a discount as teams won’t want to spend this offseason. The Heat address their frontcourt weakness and get Watson to supplant Marcus Banks as the backup PG. Joe Smith and Nick Collison are reportedly very available, though the Thunder want a future first-round pick for Smith. TT and Dorell Wright are former first rounders who are still very young and athletic, so they should suffice. The Thunder SG spot is the worst position in the NBA by PER, and it is occupied exclusively by non-prospects. Enter Larry Hughes.
Bulls get: Jerry Stackhouse, Shawne Williams
Mavs get: Andres Nocioni
Quick rationale: 1) Stackhouse is hurt and has asked to be traded. 2) Williams has been ineffective. 3) Carlisle seems to prefer veterans to young players. 4) The Mavs have been a surprisingly bad 3-point shooting team this season. 5) I said these trades only need to be semi-plausible.
Rose / Felton
Gordon / Felton / Stackhouse (when healthy) / Wilkins (when trying to lose)
Wallace / Williams
Marion / May
Collison / Magloire / Ajinca
It’s a small lineup but a team that should run all the time and be a lot more exciting to watch. That should suit Rose and VDN well. At the end of the year, the Bulls can re-sign Gordon or Marion and still have money for a max free agent in 2010.
Use this thread to submit your own ideas for overhauling the roster. Feel free to be as brief or as detailed as you like.
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