I think we as Bulls fans are starting to see a pattern here. Rose leaves the game to rest and C.J. Watson comes in and we go from either winning or close to it, to losing by 10+ within minutes. The Bulls need two things outside of a healthy Carlos Boozer to make them a real contender.
1. A play-making back up Point Guard. Not a scorer that makes bad choices with the ball like Watson. We need Lindsey Hunter from 5 years ago or something along that lines. Losing Kirk Hinrich is proving to be a much bigger hit to this team then most thought.
2. We need a starting Shooting Guard that can score and defend. In short we need a real starting shooting guard. Brewer looks far from a starter as does Bogans. both are good defenders, but look lost on offense. Korver is an average defender at best and most SG can blow past him, so he is better as a small forward anyways.
We can solve both issues with that one trade we were talking about.
Andre Iguodala for Luol Deng.
Yes, I understand that we have been down this road before, but the Bulls are going to have to address their backcourt woes even with Boozer healthy at some point. Also, the 76ers are off to a really bad start and I bet that they will be a bottom feeder team come the deadline so the Bulls should strike while the iron is hot. First let Boozer come back and get used to the system, but if the Bulls troubles at the guard positions are still glaring them they need to make this trade.
Here are a few trade options that could get the deal done.
Luol Deng and 1 rounder for Iggy.
Luol Deng, Omer Asik, and a 2nd rounder for Iggy.
Luol Deng, Keith Bogans, and a 2nd rounder (after dec 15th)
Let the 76ers pick from either a late first rounder or Omer Asik and they would get Deng either way.
Iggy would give the Bulls a player that can score and defend from the two guard and above all he can make plays and run the offense. The Bulls could make sure that either Rose or Iggy are on the for at all times. I would think this would put an end to the scoring droughts. I know what you are thinking. What about filling the hole left by Luol Deng? Sure that is not an easy task, but I think we could simply start Korver and have him split minutes with James Johnson. Give Johnson some minutes out there for some defense and Korver for scoring.
Compare rosters and you tell me which one is a true contender.
Rose, Bogans, Deng, Boozer, Noah, with Korver, Gibson, and Asik seeing about 20 or more minutes.
Rose, Iguadala, Korver, Boozer, Noah, with Brewer/Bogans, Johnson, Gibson, and perhaps Asik seeing about 20 or more mintues.
I think the second squad is clearly better. The Bulls would have 4 allstar level players as starters in Rose, Iggy, Boozer, and Noah, with Gibson coming off the bench. korver would simply be out there to spread the floor and nail 2 or 3 3-pointers a night. I like it.