Hey, Mr. Smith, now that we know what the Bulls have the Nos. 2 and 16 picks, I think I have an idea for the offseason plan. The Raptors seem likely to take Andrea Bargnani or Adam Morrison at No. 1. I have no idea why a team with Charlie Villanueva and Chris Bosh would need LaMarcus Aldridge or Tyrus Thomas, so they're out. That leaves Thomas for the Bulls and he seems to fit with what Paxson and the team needs and likes. Then I would call the Raptors and offer the No. 16 and Chris Duhon for Morris Peterson. That move helps both teams big-time, giving the Bulls the defensive big-guard with they need and allowing Kirk Hinrich to play the point and not have to wear down giving up 3-4 inches on defense every game. What do you think? I thought the deal could even be expanded to include Villanueva to the Bulls and the higher pick from the Bulls. But, that might require Gordon instead of Duhon and I'm not sure Villanueva wouldn't just be the next guy on the "Too lazy for Skiles" section on the bench. --Niles, Ill.
Yes, not everyone wants Brandon Roy. You still need size in the NBA no matter how the league has tried to mitigate it. Yes, we're not adding to that part of the bench. The Bulls like Villanueva. I'm not as high on Duhon as you are, and especially coming off back surgery I don't see any way he can be traded. The Raps like Peterson and I don't see them dealing him because he spreads the court in the kind of international game Bryan Colangelo will probably want to play. What everyone is hearing is the Raps moving down to Charlotte, Portland or Atlanta--the third, fourth or fifth pick--so they can still get Bargnani and perhaps pick up a point guard because they're not likely to keep Mike James.
New Jersey should be looking for youth and size, both of which could be provided with the second pick of the draft. Ben Gordon would fit nicely next to a player like Jason Kidd, so why not trade the second pick and Gordon and some salary cap casualties for Richard Jefferson? He is a go-to guy that actually prides himself on defense, as well-- a perfect Skiles guy! What do you think? --David Wascher, Marengo, Ill.
I don't see the Nets making any major changes, and if they do, it will be Vince Carter. He's the guy who doesn't fit and often freezes out Jefferson. The Gordon issue would be the same everywhere--his size at shooting guard. He'd work great is with someone like the Suns or even Mavericks who spread the court and shoot threes. He could be among the league scoring leaders with the Suns.
I think Rudy Gay is the best talent in 2006 draft and he'll end up winning the Rookie of the Year honor. Why is no one regarding him as one of the top picks? Also should he go on to become a star one day, would he receive any endorsement, especially for NBA apparel? Not to sound derogatory but who's going to wear a jersey that says "GAY" on the back? --Jay Choi, Glenview, Ill.
I believe Rudy will. Heck, if you watch TV sitcoms anymore, and I don't since Seinfeld went dark, but I read about them and gay is good. I actually think it would be a heck of a marketing gimmick because many will notice. The NBA keeps track of jersey sales. Wade was No. 1 last season, and I'll be interested to see where Rudy shows up.
The pros all worry about a lack of desire. No one dismisses his talent potential, and someone could get a very good player out of the top three because I don't see him going there and maybe not even in the top five.
I don't get it. The Bulls already tried the "he and Chandler could grow" approach, when they -- with you in the "Amen" chorus -- traded 20/10 presence Elton Brand for draft rights to Chandler. That move was a failure. No more children! The Bulls should trade the No. 2 pick for a real, live, proven center. --Jesse Austin, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
I'm pleased to say I never in my many trade scenarios proposed they trade Elton Brand. But I did buy in after the fact when they explained the thinking. It did make sense, two seven-footers, a perimeter and post guy, with the big centers in the East then in Mourning, Ewing and Mutombo, aging. It was the scouting, stupid. No one ever sees high school players, and there was virtual unanimity among the Bulls staff, several of whom were former players, that Curry and Chandler would develop. If they did, where would the Bulls be now? Of course, once I saw them I knew otherwise and they were included in many of my trade proposals.
That deal is not the reason to give up on drafting big kids. Would you have not taken Chris Bosh as a result? One of those big guys could be a star. You just have to pick the right one. And, by the way, the Curry-Chandler combo didn't look too bad in 2004-05 when the Bulls had the third best record in the East.
As a lifelong Bulls fan who was born and raised in Chicago, but now resides in Houston, the Tyrus Thomas talk is a little scary. Stromile Swift hasn't exactly set this town on fire and all of the commentary I have seen compares Thomas to Swift. If they don't trade the pick for a vet, I would prefer Aldridge or Roy. --Brian A., Pearland, Texas
He's just from the same school, which is a point of reference, and athletic. But he's not considered like Swift because of his energy, motivation and enthusiasm--plus his ability to make a jumper.
What are the chances of the Bulls drafting Adam Morrison with the No. 2 overall pick? --Brandon, Hinsdale, Ill.
I don't think so. The small forward is their best position with Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni, but I've heard great things about Morrison's ability to compete and potentially score in the NBA.
For the love of god, the Bulls should draft Andrea Bargnani. He is a power forward with the skill of a guard. Why would they pick Tyrus Thomas or LaMarcus Aldridge, players who has defensive presence but poor in offense? Bargnani could provide offensive contributions, and also defensive presence with shot blocking and rebounding. We already have Tyson Chandler and Mike Sweetney. --Vin Weasel, Chicago
Someone is going to be able to tell their friends, "See, I told you so." I don't see Bargnani as the Bulls type of guy because they like their big guys tougher, at least tougher than they have now. Plus, they don't have a big history going to Europe for players, especially young prospects. Even if they had the No. 1, I think Bargnani would be five on their list.
I'd like to know what you think of this trade proposal:
The Bulls trade their Nos. 2 and 16 picks to the New Orleans Hornets for their 12, 15 and P.J. Brown. I think Brown could play the role that Antonio Davis did two years ago, instantly upgrading the frontcourt. The Bulls could try to draft Rodney Carney at 12 and Cedric Simmons at 15. If Carney comes off the board early, the Bulls could still get Maurice Ager who would be another big, athletic SG. Sound crazy?? --Junion Mariano, Seattle
It's an interesting thought and I've heard it mentioned, but I think Brown is too old for what they have in mind and I expect them to use the pick. The NBA draft is not good for trading down as the talent levels drops off dramatically and you are almost always better off picking high. I expect the Bulls to use the No. 2 pick if they don't trade for a high-caliber veteran.