The article from yfBB got me thinking about that ill-fated offseason of 2010. Not about the signing of Carlos Boozer, but the trade that was made to free up cap space. Remember trading Hinrich and #17 for some garbage, so that we could free up more cap space to possibly grab Lebron and Dwade or Bosh.
I worked up two different trade scenarios that can help the Bulls short term and long term, while keeping the team's valuable flexibility.
Trade 1: Chicago and Portland Portland is $19 mil under the cap, have the 6th and 11th picks in this year's draft, and have to resign Batum as he's a restricted free agent. They look like a team that wants to rebuild around LeMarcus Aldridge, and will add a C and possibly a PG in Free Agency.
Chicago gets: Wes Matthews, Nolan Smith, Luke Babbitt, #40
Portland gets: Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver
This trade gives the Bulls a starting lineup of Watson, Hamilton, Matthews, Boozer, and Noah to start the year. With Taj, Asik, Butler, Babbitt, and Smith coming off the bench and #29(Will Barton) and #40(Jae Crowder) battling for time and learning the league. You keep roster flexibility, because Watson and Hamilton will be expiring contracts, and you land a SG that could complement DRose when he comes back at a very reasonable price.
Trade 2: Chicago, Dallas, and Sacramento Dallas has $6 mil under the cap, and it is well known that they would like to make a run at Deron Williams. $6 mil will not be enough, they can open up more by buying out Lamar Odom, even then they won't have enough. Sacramento is $16 mil under the cap, and looks like they could be developing a nice young core, but will be looking to add veteran help at the SF and C positions. Problem is that they would definitely have to overpay for any free agent as they aren't the most desirable FA destination.
Chicago gets: Tyreke Evans, #36
Dallas gets: Brewer, Hamilton
Sacramento gets: Marion, Dominique Jones, #17
This is my favorite of the two, it gives us a dynamic G to team with DRose. Dallas saves an extra $8 mil to chase after DWill. And it gives the Kings a solid vet to throw next to their young backcourt, plus another quality pick.