- Trade 1: Luol Deng for Ryan Anderson (and Darius Miller, to make the salaries work). I think this is feasible from both team's perspectives. Anderson is a good player on a reasonable contract, but he plays the same position as the Pelican's franchise player. At the same time, they have an obvious need for a good SF, and with Deng on board, they might well make some noise next year.
- Trade 2: Carlos Boozer to Nets, Kris Humphries to Bobcats, Ben Gordon and pick #22 (from Nets) to Bulls. This is one I'm less certain about, but I think it's reasonable to believe this would be doable. The Nets seem to totally not care about money, and saw first hand that Boozer was effective last year. They'll want to improve, and Humphries brings them very little. Boozer would bring plenty. Likewise, the Bobcats were ready to do Gordon for Hump last year, So why not again.
- Trade 3: Marcus Teague and pick #49 for any pick in the #27-35 range. Some team would bite on this, I think. I really like Erick Green and Nate Wolters as instant offense options. I don't like Teague to do anything except waste a roster spot.
- #20- Dieng
- #22- Bullock
- #33- Erick Green
- Rose, Hinrich
- Gordon, Green
- Butler, Bullock, Miller
- Anderson, Taj, Thomas
- Noah, Dieng, Nazr
With these moves, I think the Bulls set themselves up for a lot of good things:
1. They get younger. Anderson is only 25. His contract is reasonable enough that he'll be easily movable if Mirotic comes in and takes his job.
2. They get under the luxury tax. (Deng + Boozer = $29.5M out, Gordon + Anderson = $21.5M in).
3. They massively improve their shooting ability. Gordon is obviously only going to be a short-termer, but he can shoot. Green and Bullock both project as good shooters in the NBA. Anderson is one of the league's best.
4. They retain a strong defensive anchored by Noah, Taj, and Butler, with Hinrich and Rose as plus defenders at the guard positions, and two younger players, Dieng and Bullock, who could contribute in both of these respects.