I wrote yesterday about how the Bulls could potentially take on some extra salary in a deal that improves their team considerably. The Bulls are close enough to a title at this point that they should actively be looking to add large amounts of salary that also adds talent in an effort to improve their roster.
The new CBA might impact that decision a little bit, but I find it highly likely that the NBA doesn't go to a hard cap system and that Reinsdorf, if he wants to, will still be able to ramp up his payroll Lakers style to attempt to win.
Besides trading for Ben Gordon, here's another idea what we could work out with the Pistons.
The Bulls basically save the Pistons the majority of Villanueva's salary with this move as the only guaranteed guy on the books is Watson, who's only guaranteed for this season which saves the Pistons around 21 million dollars.
As incentive for doing so, the Pistons give the Bulls a future protected pick, the protection would likely be negotiable, but we'll say lotto protected for 2-3 years, possibly with some declining protection, and eventually unprotected.
Granted, we could hope to get the #8 pick in this deal, perhaps by throwing back Taj Gibson, but they probably aren't saving enough money in the trade to make them want to do that and adding Taj Gibson for the #8 might be a tough sell to fans.
Charlie Villanueva's a bad contract but we could use him
One thing the Bulls don't have on this roster is a plethora of scorers. Villanueva's a scorer, and more importantly, he fills the role of stretch four. He has legitimate three point range, and he could provide a much different look for our offense than it's presently capable of doing.
Because CV can create his own shot and shoot from beyond the arc, he gives the Bulls a much different look. Now when the Bulls space the floor in a Rose/Korver/Deng/CV/Noah lineup, you really have three guys on the perimeter who can knock down the three point shot and a guy to attack the rim for an ally oop / get offensive boards when Rose drives.
Granted, Villanueva's unlikely to get any defensive awards which won't amp Thibs up too much, but it's not always possible to pick up two way players. Villanueva with all his warts provides the Bulls with an offensive matchup advantage against many players that they don't have right now.
He allows them to spread the offense in a way they can't spread it right now, and he can likely be obtained while improving our draft status simply by taking on extra salary.
This trade also offers up flexibility to move a front court piece
The Bulls are really loaded defensively in the front court with Big Sexy (if he returns), Joakim, Asik, and Taj. There have been a number of trade ideas involving Taj Gibson to improve the SG position, but our fears of a Boozer injury and love for Taj make executing those ideas scary.
Adding a role player like CV to the roster gives the Bulls the depth to trade one of their defensive stalwarts in the front court as the minutes would be awfully crowded there without a trade.
Perhaps a Taj + picks for OJ Mayo is the follow up deal in this scenario, and if Mayo is unavailable, I'm sure I can exhaust the SG option trades over the course of the summer.
The primary point is, adding CV to the team gives the Bulls depth to deal out of, and moving one of our defensive oriented big man while bringing in CV might actually give the front court a better mix of options to employ with multiple defenders and multiple offensive players to utilize.
Will Thibs go with it?
The question I'd have in this case would be "Is Tom Thibodeau interested in a one dimensional stretch four?" I don't know the answer to that. It's certainly plausible that Thibodeau doesn't think the value of having Villanueva in as a stretch four would ever exceed what he's allowing on the defensive end.
Of course, we do play Carlos Boozer, so Thobideau apparently is willing to late some poor defensive guys play if they can score the ball (as he should).
Overall, Villanueva's not the best guy out there, but this is a trade that would help Chicago in the short term, open up other trade possibilities by adding depth, and improve their long term positioning in the draft (or allow for other trade options).
* editors note, this idea was initially formed by Sham from shamsports.com unless the comments are mostly negative, then it's my fault.