Chicago Bulls: Enough Trading, Stay The Course

Posted by Richard Kagan on Sunday, July 27, 2014 with No comments
The Chicago Bulls have re-molded their roster and yet they may not be finished.  Rumors are running rampant that the Bulls might deal Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love, the All-Star forward who averages 26 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Yes, Kevin Love is great, and his contract expires at the end of next season but he doesn't want to re-sign with the Timberwolves. 

Lebron James' move back to Cleveland shifted the power to the Central Division of the NBA, the same one that Chicago plays in.  Soon, Cavs vs. Bulls games will be must see TV.  This is all predicated on a healthy or relatively efficient Derrick Rose coming back to the Bulls after two knee operations.  Rose is poised to return a roster that features players who can score more so than in the past. Taj Gibson was runner-up to Jamal Crawford for 6th Man of the Year Award last season.  In my book, he deserved it.  He did so much for Chicago.  He played great whenever the situation called for him to do so and also played well in the 8 games that featured him as a starter.  Last season he averaged 13 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Bulls.  He played tough in the low post  -- was tenacious on defense when it mattered.  Simply put, I'd hate to see him go.  

Doug McDermott is a scoring Dude, pure and simple.  He has more moves than a model on a fashion shoot.  He can score in a variety of ways, and can create his own shot.  He was named the winner of the John R. Wooden Award last year, which is one of the highest awards a senior can earn.  Slouches don't win that Award. 

I think the Bulls should take a breath and let this roster of new players including Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, and Aaron Brooks, breathe and get the feel for each other. Last year, the Bulls as a team, were better than the sum of their parts.  This season, the "parts" are better, so Coach Tom Thibodeau has mixing and matching to do.  Keep Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell, and the returning vets, and let's see what McDermott can add. 

Derrick Rose is set to return however it might take some time for him to get used to playing at the NBA level once more.  One thing is certain, it will take some time for the team to get used to Rose.  Last year Joakim Noah virtually re-made the center position with his great passing skills.  Now, Chicago has added Gasol, who can assist with the best of big men.

The roster looks good....Let's give it a chance.