32 wrote:Ehhh... big men effect win/losses more than guards. Gordon and Deng are excellent players, but Gasol would make the Bulls instoppable.
PG - Chris Duhon
SG - Kirk Hinrich
SF - Andres Nocioni
PF - Pau Gasol
C - Ben Wallace
That's a championship caliber lineup. Insert Gordon and Deng for Pau... and suddenly it doesn't look so championship worthy. Look at Detroit; they won a ring with the best frontcourt in the league (Tayshaun & the Wallace's) and suddenly everyone thinks their backcourt is f*cking amazing.
I am a Warriors fan first and foremost but the Bulls are my second team and I will be the first to say I am extremely happy they did not pull this trade off for the following reasons:
1. While Gasol is a good player, he is NOT a superstar. He is injury prone as he has missed significant time in each of the last three seasons including this one. I think he is a bit soft and while he would surely help the Bulls low-post offense, I can't see how giving up a combination of Deng, Gordon and Thomas makes the Bulls better.
2. Luol Deng is one of the most improved players in the league. He is only 21 years old and is getting better. He is an all-around player that has developed a great mid-range game and is a solid defender.
3. Ben Gordon may not have the size of most two-guards in the NBA, but his shot is lights out. He is really the only somewhat consistent scorer the Bulls have on the perimeter and he is a go to guy that plays well in the clutch.
4. If Gordon and Deng are gone, where will the scoring from the perimeter come from? Hinrich? He is not bad, but woefully inconsistent. Duhon? No chance. There is no one else.
5. Skiles coached teams have done well after the All-Star break the past two seasons. They are already 2-0 including a nice win on the road in Cleveland last night. There is such a thing as chemistry and I think the Bulls are going to peak come playoff time. Had Gasol come I do not think he would have fully fit in and understood Skiles' philosophies on both ends of the floor until next season.
6. The East is a joke and with the Bulls current roster they can make the NBA finals. They are not the favorites, but if they play well come playoff time they could definitely make it. That being said, there is no need to mortgage two young players like Gordon and Deng, or even one of them, for a guy like Gasol. The Bulls have some cap space this summer with PJ Brown's expiringt 8.6 million dollar deal as well as the Knicks likely lottery pick. Make changes after the season not during it.