At this point we're 4-3, with the dreaded "Circus Trip" looming. Reports are that Booz will be back mid December. The date that newly signed free agents can be traded is Dec. 19th. If we make it through the "Circus Trip" without Booz and are winning at a pretty good clip, I can't see us standing pat until the trade deadline to make a move.
With Miami showing chinks in the armor, and we've already put up a pretty good fight against Boston, and by the time Booz comes back, we'll have played and hopefully showed well against Orlando and LA. The org has to be sitting there ready to make something happen.
I don't see us getting Melo, and really at this time I'm pretty uninterested in moving Deng anyway. He's playing well and even though he might not be a good fit as a 2nd option to Rose scoring, he will be an excellent option as a 3rd scorer to Rose and Booz. So what positions do you look to upgrade and who do we deal?
The two positions in my mind that should be addressed are SG and backup PG. I know it's early but I think we missed on the Ronnie Brewer and CJ Watson signings. Brewer becomes expendable because Bogans has basically been what we thought Brewer would be, only with a better J. Watson just isn't playing very well, but could still be an useful backup PG for a team looking for an uptempo scorer off the bench. These two, along with JJ and Scalabrine would seem like the most obvious guys to dangle in any deal, along with draft picks. So you can throw out guys like Iggy, Jason Richardson, or Kevin Martin coming over, that's just too much salary and I wouldn't give up Taj or Deng to make it happen. The whole premise is to build on what you have without losing too much. And I've never been a fan of the Rudy move.
I would like to see the Bulls go after OJ Mayo or Marcus Thornton to fill that SG spot. Mayo would be my 1st choice, he seems to be the more complete of the two, and a deal moving CJ Watson, Scalabrine, and a 1st would seem to work for both sides. Memphis is in need of a backup PG to Conley and has plenty of swingmen to make up for Mayo's loss. I saw in an earlier post that just a 1st rounder might be able to get us Thornton. Thornton and Bogans would make a nice SG platoon, Bogans giving us a tough defender and Thornton providing scoring, much better than a Brewer/Bogans platoon. So what do u do with Brewer if either deal goes down?..
I send him to San Antonio, where with rookie James Andersen going down for 2 months, they really have no backup to Manu or Richard Jefferson. This is where you get your backup PG, send Brewer and a 2nd round pick for George Hill and Matt Bonner. Hill is expendable because of the play of Gary Neal recently backing up Tony Parker, and would be a nice fit running the offense behind D.Rose. Bonner takes Scalabrine's place as the resident redhead and PF with 3 point range.