Look, the Bulls could use an upgrade at SG. We all agree with that. Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah? All all-star caliber players if healthy. Luol Deng, playing at an above average level. That's four of your five starters. Tough to upgrade those positions isn't it?
However, the Bulls best SG is Ronnie Brewer. I'm not going to get trapped into saying you need to upgrade Keith Bogans, you don't. He's really the eighth man by minutes and just happens to be starting. As an eighth man, do you need to upgrade Keith Bogans? You could, but how many teams' fans really sit there and harp on how to upgrade their eighth man? It's silly,
All we really want out of Bogans is to play defense, shoot open threes, and make the smart play. Since January 1st, Bogans is shooting 46% from the three point line. He's played better defense, made the right pass, and generally played much better.
Anthony Parker has shot 39% from the three point line on the season and missed most of January with an injury. Parker puts up more shots for the Cavaliers than Bogans does for the Bulls, but Parker's not going to be launching that many shots per game if he's here, because he's going to be relegated to Keith Bogans minutes.
Per minute, Bogans is scoring 8.2 points per 36 minutes to Anthony Parker's 10.4. It's not really a large difference, and it only amounts to Parker shooting a couple more times a game. Shots he also may not get here per minute either.
Is Parker's offense really better than Bogans? I don't think it's better by any notable amount than what Bogans has been able to do recently. Is his defense better? I don't think it is, but I have to be honest, I'm not watching Cavs games every day either.
I was talking with a friend within the Bulls organization, someone who has no problem telling me like it is and not sugar coating it. He said the fans have no idea how much of a positive impact Bogans makes on the team. He's a great locker room guy, he's great at helping the attitude, and that he's a really important part of their chemistry.
It reminded me that there's a lot going on that we don't see on the team. We don't see practice. We don't see in the locker room. We only see what happens on the court. Keith Bogans is close enough to Anthony Parker on the court that I'm not sure I'd give up a 2nd rounder for the upgrade. However, you factor in the locker room importance, chemistry, and time it would take for Parker to learn the Bulls schemes, and I don't think it makes any sense to acquire Parker.
If the Bulls can get a legitimate upgrade at the deadline go for it. However, Anthony Parker isn't that.