The Bulls and Bobcats have discussed an 8 player deal that would send
Stephen Jackson to the Bulls and James Johnson and Taj Gibson as the
key players heading to Charlotte. The Bulls want to keep Taj, but seem
willing to pull the trigger if they can't get OJ Mayo or JR Smith
without giving up Taj.
The Bulls and Grizzlies had discussed a Mayo to Chicago deal, but the
Grizzlies are asking for Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, James Johnson, and the
Charlotte draft pick. The Bulls will not do that trade, but have
considered doing a Gibson, Johnson, Bogans for Mayo deal, which Memphis
wouldn't do at this point.
Per the author, the rest of the article and the thoughts on Darrell Arthur (not quoted) are opinion not part of the actual trade negotiation.
Taj Gibson + James Johnson for Stephen Jackson? If that's the deal, I'm not a big fan. Also, the salaries don't come close to lining up, and the Bulls need to send out more salary because they're taking so much back even if a third team is involved. The salaries would match if the Bulls cut John Lucas and added C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer, or Kyle Korver to the deal.
Jackson, on the surface, solves a lot of our problems, but he has two more years of large salary after this one, and he'll be 35 at the end of that contract. He's a volume player, has chucking tendencies, and I think his defense is sliding and will continue to slide over the next couple years. Jackson's a career 14.8 PER player, that means over his career, he's been below average.
Now PER isn't good at judging role players, because it gives a lot of credit to guys who have high usage and play with volume. There is sense in that, because it's harder to create your own shot then it is to feed off of others, however, Jackson has been a volume player. If he was good, he'd have a higher PER. His career high is 16.1. The guy is going to be 33 this season is shooting 41.5% from the floor and 36.5% from the three point line.
I don't know that Jackson is really an upgrade over Brewer even though he shoots better and can create his own low efficiency shot better, he doesn't bring as much defense and most of his shot creation doesn't really yield great results.
As for the other rumor about O.J. Mayo, I pass on that trade if I'm the Bulls as well. However, that deal isn't far off from making sense. I'd remove Omer from the trade, but once Noah is back healthy, I'd consider pulling the trigger after that. Making this trade though, the Bulls need to be willing to commit to fairly large future salaries.
Mayo's going to demand an 8 figure salary after next season, so if you aren't willing to pay it to him then you can't make this trade now. However, even though Mayo's name and raw stats make him sound more impressive than he is, he does bring several things to the table that the Bulls can really use. He can defend, shoot, and become a secondary creator off the dribble, plus he's young enough that he can team up with Rose for the next 5-6 seasons.
However, much of the good of Mayo is theoretical. Hoping he'll become the player people think he can be rather than the player he's shown himself to be thus far. He doesn't rebound as well as he should, he doesn't have many assists given his usage, and he's also a sub 15 PER guy for his career with his career high 14.6 (career average 14.2). His lack of PER is typically in not adding anything outside of his offense.
Do you give up Taj Gibson and multiple picks for that? If you're going to win now, maybe you do, but the problem is that Mayo costs you a crapload more and isn't necessarily helping your team more. You may have just stripped multiple future assets and your best value contract to give your team similar total overall talent and create a hole in the front court rather than the backcourt.
It will be interesting to see what the Bulls come up with. Clearly they're involved in talks, but we'll see if any of them come to fruition.