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Building a Team that J.R. Should be happy to pay the Luxury Tax for

A couple of trade ideas:

Sign and trade BG (deal starting at ~ 9 million) + Tim Thomas to the Nets for Vince Carter.  This deal saves the Nets 2010 money (in Tim Thomas departing from the books) and replaces Vinsanity for the future with Gordon.  A Devin Harris - Ben Gordon backcourt would be scary and Harris is the rare PG who, like Hinrich, can help masks BG's defensive deficiencies and that offense would be absolutely horrifying to play against. BG would have a field day hitting treys off of Harris's penetration.  This is the type of backcourt that the Nets might use to entice a 2010 free agent (maybe LeBron if they still think they have a chance).

The first deal would put the Bulls into the luxury tax, but it would also make them immediately better next year.  Vince Carter is a huge 2 guard, and is one of the best defensive 2 guards in the league - despite his reputation for not giving 100% all the time.  His 5 year APM had him second amongst all 2's in the league in defensive APM behind only Manu Ginobili.  Vince is old, but he's still productive and he's only got next year and the year after on his deal, with an additional year in 2011-12 that is unguaranteed (only 4 million of the 18+ million is guaranteed), so if Vince stinks in 2 years, you cut him and only have to pay him 4 million or you can package him to a team looking to cut a ton of salary and get useful parts back.  There are far worse contracts in the league than Vince's and he's still one of the league's best and would be a huge upgrade over Gordon.

Okay, so now that the Bulls are in the luxury tax and have made a big splash, the next piece needs to be added to make the Bulls a legitimate title contender.  The Bulls could then offer the Suns: Salmons (probably expiring + useful player), Jerome James (insurance-covered super expiring), Tyrus Thomas, plus our two first round picks for Amare Stoudemire and Jared Dudley.  The Suns would probably prefer to have Deng, but Amare seemingly has no interest in re-signing with the Suns, the Suns don't seem to want him back, and he has the eye concerns that I would use to try and strong-arm the Suns.  Getting expirings, Tyrus, and picks should be pretty appealing to the Suns.

These deals would give the Bulls a roster of:

PG: Derrick Rose (.58), Kirk Hinrich (1.10)

SG: Vince Carter (4.10), Kirk Hinrich (1.10)

SF: Luol Deng (1.73), Jared Dudley (2.44)

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire (.43), Joakim Noah (6.38)

C: Joakim Noah (6.38), Brad Miller (5.79)

That's a pretty stacked 8 man rotation for next year. I dare say that I'd expect that roster to win the ECF rather easily. There's not a single negative APM contributor in the bunch - the numbers for each are in the parantheses next to them.

Making the logical assumption that the Bulls would actually have to part with Deng in a swap for Amare, I'd have the Bulls do the fabled Blake + Outlaw swap for Kirk.  The Bulls would probably have to send out Deng, Tyrus, and Jerome James's deal plus picks for Amare and either Barbosa or some combination of filler players.  The Bulls would then end up with this roster lineup for next year:

PG: Derrick Rose (.58), Steve Blake (1.88)

SG: Vince Carter (4.10), Barbosa (-3.04), Salmons (-7.05)

SF: Outlaw (-2.3), Salmons (-7.05)

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire (.43), Joakim Noah (6.38)

C: Joakim Noah (6.38), Brad Miller (5.79)

That team is less awesome than the first team, but I still think it's significantly better than the Bulls team as currently constructed, and would definitely compete for the ECF crown next year.  It'd be a team worth paying the tax for, basically.

Now, I don't know if J.R. is actually willing to pay the tax to field a winner, but here's a plan for him to build a contender if he wants it. It's contingent on the Nets actually wanting to part with Vince Carter and BG and Tim Thomas's expiring actually being enough to satisfy them (which upon second glance seems less likely than I originally figured) and on the Bulls actually having the pieces to swing a deal for Amar'e.

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