There's been great talk that the most important maneuver the Bulls should do is to move Kirk Hinrich somewhere else to create cap space to sign Ben Gordon. While at first glance signing Ben Gordon to a long term deal sounds like a great idea -- the kid can shoot lights out -- it's a bad move.
Remember when the Bulls refused to give up Luol Deng in a Kobe Bryant trade? Remember how great Deng seemed to be then. He was going to be the Bulls "superstar" and wasn't worth trading for an aging superstar who had been in the league 10 plus years.
Deng has failed to be that superstar. You can blame it on injures, but he still isn't producing when he's in the line-up. I'm afraid that if the Bulls sign Gordon to a long term deal, he's definitely not going to excel in his role just like Deng didn't excel in his. I'm not saying that he's going to be injured and waste most of his contract on the bench. I'm saying he might relax a little. Gordon's one of the most hardest working players in the locker room, and who knows whether he stops that rigorous training when he gets his paid. And it's obvious he wants to get paid. He turned down the huge contract in '07.
So, the Bulls number one priority this summer should be too let Ben Gordon go and get his big contract... and then somehow trade for Andres Nocioni