I joined @AnthonyMSG host of the Knicks Blog Radio on BlogTalkRadio to discuss the Bulls and Knicks prior to tonight's game.
Listen to the replay.
Doug, is Malcolm Thomas signed for next season as well?
Hilarious point about how the Bulls have "medically cleared all kinds of guys" who've re-aggravated their injuries two days later. Just hilarious.
You mention that Noah is your favorite or second-favorite Bull, and we all love him, obviously. He's the heart of the team, and everything he does is entertaining. During March Madness, CBS really should've had a "Noah Cam" following his reactions throughout the Florida games. His interview with Craig Sager was a classic.
That said, considering tonight's match-up with the Knicks and looking at how everything has shaken out since late 2010, don't we wish we'd traded Noah and Deng for Carmelo? Wouldn't we be a serious championship contender? Aren't Noah's recurring injuries, Melo's improvements, and the current state of the league enough to make this a no-brainer, in retrospect?
Our 10-man rotation would be something like Rose/Hinrich (Robinson), Rip/Belinelli, Melo/Butler, Boozer/Taj, Asik/Nazr (or Kurt Thomas). Even better: seeing what Melo has done at the 4 this season, we could run a much stronger starting five of Rose, Hinrich, Butler, Melo, and Asik. Butler's lock-down defense, unselfishness, and improving range would help make up for some of the drawbacks of having Rose and Melo on the floor at the same time for most of the game.
Obviously no one knew quite how good Asik would be as a starting center. We might've drafted/signed different players had we done the trade. And hindsight is always 20/20...
But, as much as I love Noah, it's hard not to answer "Would you deal Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony?" (which was Henry Abbott's loaded question in September 2010) with a definitive, "Yes, yes I would." Agreed?
Where do we get Asik from? He'd still have been let go by the penny pinching owner.
We'd be paying Melo (19M) and Asik (8M) instead of Deng (13M) and Noah (11M). We'd have to get rid of Boozer (or Taj) later, when Asik's salary shoots up, but otherwise nothing extreme. The numbers are definitely workable and we'd be paying a few extra million for a genuine shot at a championship.
Of course Jerry's stinginess seems to know no limits...
The Bulls still would have been over the cap, so Asik's contract would still have been 5/5/15 from the Bulls perspective. The 15 being the sticking point. Deng is out of contract for the last year of Asik's contract, so the choice is actually $12,200,00 for Noah vs $23,742,225 for Melo.
Trading for Melo would have made it even less likely the Bulls match on Asik.
I've never liked Carmelo's attitude, never thought he was a guy you could win with. I'm still not sure you can win with him as your A player, but I agree, it's hard to not answer that question with "of course you do that" if you had a do over.
Jimmy Butler is the only good thing to come from this wasted season.
Yes, because I believe Nate Robinson is going to get PAID this off season, and not by the Bulls.
It would be nice to see them bring Nate back. Obviously with Rose back he wouldn't get a lot of minutes, but he's almost the perfect 6th man.
If that's true, then as every little guard who gets a lucrative contract at age 29, his production will fall of a cliff. He'll still remain the best off-season move the Bulls made.
I've been wrong before, but I get the feeling he won't be looking at more than 3 or 4 million a year. I wonder what percentage of Bulls fans don't want to pay Hinrich 4 million next year.
Yeah i'm looking foward to next season when Rose comes back. I would like to see how he and Butler play together. Lately Butler has really come into his own and I think he's ready to start.
It's been fun watching Nate too, but Nate's probably gone aft the end of the year sadly.
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