In recent days, most available point guards have come off the market. Cory Jospeh went to Toronto, Mo Williams is going to Cleveland, Jeremy Lin is still angling to land in Dallas, and what remains are slim pickings for the Bulls.
Because of that, it may be time to think best player available, instead of looking at need.
While he theoretically should be worth more in the open market, Gerald Green is still out there, and with the Bulls still possessing the MMLE, it's worth giving him a call to hear what he's looking for, and if he'd be interested in joining a playoff team in need of a wing.
Green is a superb athlete who can play both the two and the three, knock down a tremendous amount of three-pointers, play in transition, and has the ability to put up a lot of points in limited minutes. During his two-year stay with Phoenix, Green knocked down 341 long-balls at 38% and averaged a more-than-impressive 14 points in 24.2 minutes per game.
It's partly due to those numbers that signing Green to the MMLE seems to be a bit of a reach. Scorers like him, especially ones that versatile, aren't just hanging around for cheap, but giving that he's still on the market, it's worth placing a call.
As for the back-up point guard issue? To use the frequent Gar Forman term "internal improvements", I'd look at expanding E'Twaun Moore's role. At this point, the available back-up point guards out there simply aren't worth the MMLE, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be used. Quality is always an asset, regardless of position, and since Moore projects as being the better player than the remaining point guard options still available, I would have no problem handing him the job and running with it.
In fact, running a perimeter rotation consisting of Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, McDermott, Snell, Green, and Moore projects as being highly effective. You have scoring, you have defense, you have two-way players, and you have spacing. You could mix and match like crazy, running a great amount of them together. Want to go defensive? Roll out Moore, Butler, and Dunleavy. Want to go for speed? Rose, Butler, and Green will run you out of the gym. Want to focus on the long-ball? Moore, Green, and McDermott/Dunleavy looks pretty good.
And if you want to go extra crazy, you could ask Aaron Brooks to come back as a three-point specialist to round out the bench, assuming he hasn't had any offers.
The general point I'm making is that there are players out there who could bring something of value, and targeting them with the MMLE is worth a try. Even if it isn't the permanent solution to the back-up point guard position, it's a hell of a lot better acquiring quality instead of settling for players like Will Bynum or Mike James.
It's July 7th, and there hasn't been word on any potential free agent acquisition. The most compatible point guards are off the table, most to a salary the Bulls wouldn't even afford in the first place, so now's the time to think outside the box. Think of the rest of free agency like a draft, and make a big board. Then chase the guys with talent and value. Sure, it would have been better finding a legitimate pure point guard to man the back-up spot instead of relying on Moore who is a combo-guard, but this is the situation right now anyway, so instead of sulking around and considering lesser options, overall depth and quality should now be the goal.
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