As of now, the Bulls’ roster is essentially the same as it was a season ago, with the additions of PF Bobby Portis and Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. The hope being that Rose and Noah will be back to their all star caliber play and Jimmy Butler would build on a promising start to his career. However, that is a lot to hope for. Many Bulls fans were disappointed to see the hometown team fail to make a splash, or even a ripple, in free agency this year and draft a power forward to our already crowded front court. So, at this point, trades are the only way Chicago can round out its roster to make a truly competitive run at a championship.
There are rumors circling around the NBA that the Bulls are looking to acquire Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. The trade would most likely include Doug Mcdermott and, sadly, fan favorite Taj Gibson. If the rumors end up bearing any fruit, this trade would do wonders for the Bulls success this season. Rudy Gay would perfectly round out an already star studded starting lineup. Gay has had a very productive career so far, but in the last couple of years he has bounced around to a few teams, starting on the Grizzlies, then being shipped to the Raptors and now the Kings. Acquiring Gay would make the Bulls immediate title contenders, as the Bulls starting lineup would resemble that of an all-star team.
With a starting lineup of Rose, Butler, Gay, Gasol, and Noah, the Bulls would be elite both offensively and defensively. The addition of Rudy Gay would give the Bulls another offensive dimension in the form of yet another go-to scorer to compliment the likes of Rose, Butler and Gasol. Gay averaged 21.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 3.7 apg last season.
Of course, a trade like this comes at a price. So, let’s look at what the Bulls would lose in this trade. In order to complete the acquisition of Gay, the Kings would need us to relinquish Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, and possibly requiring us to give up a draft pick or two. Taj has been a crucial part of the Bulls’ success over the last few years. But with the deep front court already in place, players like Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic would see added minutes off the bench. Mirotic showed last year that he is capable of producing quality numbers in limited playing time last season. Because of the depth we have at the PF and C positions, the Bulls have lots of flexibility if they were to deal Gibson. McDermott, while a strong player in his own right, is not crucial to the Bulls success if we have Rudy Gay. With Gay starting, Mike Dunleavy would be moved to the bench to provide the Bulls second unit an experienced 3 and D player. If the rumors turn out to be true and this trade becomes reality, Chicagoans should not be surprised to see a 7th Championship banner raised at the season’s end.