New York may have all the attention with the immediate resources available to land two big guys on the Knickerbockers, but Chicago can pull it off too.
Projected avg stats per game (2010-2011)
Wishful Scenario 1
PG: Derrick Rose (20 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 10 apg)
SG: Dwyane Wade (27.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 7.1 apg)
SF: LeBron James (29.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.0 apg)
PF: Joakim Noah (12.2 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 3.1 apg)
C: Brad Miller (4.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg)
PG: Kirk Hinrich (10 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 7.2 apg)
SG: Derrick Rose (24.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.7 apg)
SF: LeBron James (29.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.0 apg)
PF: Dirk Nowitzki (21.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.2 apg)
C: Joakim Noah (10.3 ppg, 15.1 rpg, 4.3 apg)
Trade: Miller, Deng, Gibson, future first round pick
Frank Kovacs our Chicago Bulls writer says that Hinrich would have to be involved in the trade, but perhaps there is a way around it? Personally I would love to keep both Hinrich and Miller.
Either scenario, the Bulls would have three players averaging more than 20 points per game. The last time I remembered a team that accomplished such feat was the 2004-2005 Washington Wizards with Arenas, Hughes, and Jamison.
I picked Nowitzki because he’s been quiet and buried under all the trade-sign talk. He had a great start to this season, but his player stock dropped since the Mavs lost to San Antonio Spurs in the first round. He can be affordable for the Bulls to pick up after signing James. (Interesting note, both James’ Cavs and Nowitzki’s Mavs choked in the Playoffs this season)
Bosh may be the dominant big guy we need, but Nowitzki would be a great fit as well. Here are the comparisons.
Nowitzki: 26.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.0 apg
Bosh: 24.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
*Based on 2009-2010 stats.
Nowitzki out scores Bosh as well as making assists. Bosh has the edge on rebounds, but Nowitzki would be cheaper at this point since he is aging. Don’t let Dirk’s age fool you, Nowitzki definitely has plenty of miles left in his basketball career.
Wade, James, Rose, and Noah would be a lot of fun to watch, but we could definitely use a player with rebounding presence. With Gibson most likely being traded, Rose and James are all we really need in terms of scoring. Also Wade is prone to injuries, so he could be a wild card.
There are plenty of options out there since the 2010 free agency list is big. There’s also Carlos Boozer who can rebound like a beast. Picking up Ray Allen would be great too, we could use another playoff vet who can score when needed.
So, let the circus begin, we won’t know anything for sure until July 1, 2010.
UPDATE: Chad Ford from ESPN wrote on his blog that 3 GM’s contacted him via text, email, and phone that they believe LeBron is leaving Cleveland for sure. You can read it here. I wonder if they were all from John Paxson, Gar Forman, and Danny Ferry.