Normally, as a Celtics fan, I would not invest keystrokes into a piece about the Chicago Bulls, but as a displaced fan who needs an (live) NBA fix every now and then I am excited to see that the Bulls have some leverage and could perhaps make some strategic moves with the #1 pick in the draft. So, what should they do?
First Option: dump Hinrich for Corey Maggette
Hinrich makes too many bad decisions on the court. In college, you can get away with that. Plus, you can pick up Chicago native, Derrick Rose with the first pick, bunk him up with Ben Gordon and start molding him as the club’s franchise point guard. Then, pick up Corey Maggette from the Clippers. With Maggette and Thomas (Tyrus) on the court at the same time, teams will not be able to keep up with their strength and athleticism.
Second Option: Trade the #1 Lottery pick for Shaq
Would be cool to have Shaq in Chicago!
Third Option: dump Deng, pick up Beasley
Deng had a rough year, but is still a premiere talent and the Bulls could get a quality veteran (with the extra cash) if he opts to exercise his free agency. Beasley would look nice next to Tyrus Thomas, scary. But, they still need a tough center, Noah is an enthusiastic player, but he needs to pack on some muscle if he is going to be able to do some damage underneath.
Option 1 is the smartest way for them to go, as long as they can keep Ben Gordon.