Allen Iverson is apparently having some serious issues in Memphis. Perhaps the Bulls should bring him in. I know many of you will throw this idea away immediately, but I think it deserves a little consideration. My idea would be to trade Salmons for him. I know the salaries don't match, but I believe they are close enough that it could be worked out rather easily. Now for the big question: Why?
A few reasons. The first, and most important, is scoring. Let's face it, this team has underperformed wildly in this area. John Salmons has been awful (other than the Bobcats game) and Derrick Rose, whether it be health related or not, appears to have taken a step back as opposed to the superstar leap we were expecting. I don't know how much Iverson has left in the tank, but if he does he could be a real nice scoring option on a team that is in dire need of someone like that. Even at his age he could probably give us comparable numbers to Salmons. Which brings me to my next point...
John Salmons is having a bad year (I know it's early). We really need him to opt out of his contract at the end of the season to achieve the maximum amount of cap space. I'm not sure what we can expect from him the rest of the way, but I am afraid that if he continues to underperform we could be stuck with him next year and essentially kill our chances at landing a big time free agent. So by doing this trade we'd be getting comparable talent, but be completely free of the contract at the end of the 09-10 season.
Next, many people won't want him here because they believe he'll be a malcontent. I don't think this will be a problem. The guy wants to start, and on this team that will not be an issue. He would jump in and immediately be our starting two. We would obviously lose a little something defensively, but let's face it, to win in today's NBA you gotta put up points. He's been through the battles and could possibly be a good mentor for a guy like Derrick.
So there ya go. I've really been thinking it over and I just don't see many drawbacks. A lot of this obviously comes down to how much or how little you think Iverson has left in the tank, but for one year I think it could be worth a shot. Not to mention that this is a year where basically everyone, including the organization, is expecting us to kind of run in place. Besides, AI in a Bulls jersey could be kind of fun. So what do you think?