The city of Chicago has been eyeing the Miami Heat since last year’s loss in the Eastern Confrence Finals. Since then, Bulls fans have been imagining a rematch of that series. Can the Bulls and injury prone Rip Hamilton get past the Heat with their current roster? Or does Gar Forman have to make a few moves to set the Bulls straight.
Nobody has really seen Chicago’s full potential because of all the injuries they have been faced with. The Bulls still have been the best team in the league because of players like Ronnie Brewer, Carlos Boozer, and CJ Watson cranking it up a notch from last season . The Bulls also miraculously still kept it rolling even when the starters and bench guys were injured, bench warmer guys like John Lucas and Mike James stepped up big. Now the question is, should Gar Forman wait until next year to find a deal in Free Agency after a few players contracts are over, or does he roll the dice on getting Dwight Howard.
Let us be realistic here, adding a “healthy” Rip Hamilton would not change the 4-1 Playoff series to a 4-3 series in favor Chicago. Adding just one player who can barely stay on the court would not change much in that series. Also, Miami has a way of shutting down Boozer completely which leads to Rose riding solo again. Let us not forget that Miami’s chemistry is strengthened and have added key pieces like Norris Cole and Shane Battier.
Dwight's agents say he wants to be the number 1 option on whatever team he goes to, chances are he would be the top option in Chicago since Rose likes to think of himself as a past first point guard who is very unselfish.
So lets examine the potential Dwight Howard trade that was offered. Asik-Deng-Boozer-Charlotte’s pick for Hedo and Dwight. No Noah or Taj? Chicago better get on their knees and beg for this trade to happen. (If Dwight signs the extension)
Asik is a “must go". Chicago fans would hate to see him go but it has to be done. Asik’s extension is due for next year and teams like Cleveland are ready to over pay him. Chicago cant afford Asik, its just not in the books. Especially since the Bulls owner cringes when he hears the word luxury tax. So even if Chicago can’t get Howard, they should consider giving up Asik for a solid shooting guard for the remainder of the season.
Another key piece that is essential in the trade is Charlotte’s unprotected draft pick which could possibly be the number 1 pick in 2016. It is a risk giving it up, but not really that big of a risk. Chances of landing Dwight and keep Rose and Noah is worth any risk to be honest. Plus, the chances of Charlotte’s pick being number 1 in 2016 is a very slim chance. The Bobcats will probably get top pick this year and possibly next year too and will be a solid team by the time 2016 rolls around. So giving up that pick for Howard seems to be an easy choice for the Bulls.
Hedo is not as good as Deng or Boozer at all, but with Chicago’s depth they can sacrifice Deng and Boozer and still be a very good team. If the trade requires to keep Asik but give up Noah and Taj, the trade is really not worth doing. Chicago is the number 1 team in the league, they are just 1 solid player away from taking it all. Can that player be Dwight? Of course. Will it be him? Possibly. But Chicago needs to keep all options open and consider making any kind of trade like for OJ Mayo or Stephen Jackson before the deadline unlike how they did last year. Because like I said, adding only Rip to the lineup will not change the 4-1 series to a winning series.
If Dwight chooses New Jersey or Lakers over the Bulls, he is not looking for rings.