The Bulls stomped all over the Timberwolves looking like a team you could actually enjoy watching. There were huge dunks all night, efficient, high scoring offense, and a defense that shut down the opponent after the opening quarter. Given that I got home late from the game, and was too tired/lazy to write an immediate recap, I figured I'd take things in a different direction.
Would you trade for Al Jefferson?
It's a question worth noting for several reasons. First, he's been rumored to be available. Second, his contract isn't entirely outrageous with three years left at 13, 14, and 15 million.
He's the low post scorer that Bulls media has clamored after for years providing relatively efficient, high volume offense in the post.
On the downside, he's had quite a few injuries, he's not a great defender, and he's not particularly suited for a high paced offense. He's also not going to be the pick and roll player you want next to Rose, and you'd probably need to trade Joakim Noah because they take up the same space on the floor.
The fit isn't particularly great even if he would add a dimension to the Bulls offense that it's lacking right now. It's worth thinking about the contract as well. How will his contract stack up to the deals we'll have to offer guys next season? Will teams show some sense of restraint with the second tier FAs, or will it become a bloody bidding war ending up with Boozer, Johnson, and Lee getting max contracts (note Lee's max would be far less than Johnson or Boozer's max).
If next season becomes the year of overpayment, Jefferson's deal will look cheap by comparison, if teams show restraint while suffering massive financial losses then his deal may not look so special [side note, restraint has never been the strong point of GMs, so the former is far more likely IMO].
Obviously going for Jefferson kills any hope we have of getting a 2010 FA unless Luol Deng and James Johnson were the pieces being moved [their future salaries are basically identical] or the Bulls find a way to move around enough other salaries [unlikely].
As for me, I say no.
While I do think there's a good chance Jefferson ends up better than whatever we get in 2010, the fact that the ceiling of the team built around him simply isn't high enough to give up the potential of a major 2010 coup even if it's unlikely.