The Bulls should trade for Amare Stoudemire (duh)
Before we get to all things Amare, lets quickly touch on the end of last night's game against the Heat. I went from night class to work so I didn't see any of it (my Thursdays are fucking atrocious) but I heard the Bulls staged a nice rally in the fourth (outscoring Miami 28-19) before Thabo threw the inbounds pass directly to D-Wade on the Bulls' final possession to seal the loss. Troubling, sure, because it would have been great to head into the All-Star break with back-to-back wins, but this may even be worse: Derrick Rose, recently ranked 10th in Simmons annual trade column and clearly the Bulls' best player, wasn't even on the floor for the last few seconds with the game on the line.
That is completely and utterly mind-boggling in every way. Would that ever happen to any of the other dudes Simmons ranked in the top 40, let alone the top 10? Seriously, what the hell, Vinny? You suck.
Ok so, Amare.
I really feel like the stars are starting to align for the Bulls here. Few reasons:
a) The Bulls have desperately needed a low post scorer since trading Eddy Curry, and Stoudemire, just 26, is the best offensive big man in the league, in my opinion.
b) This seems to have the makings of the Gasol-to-LA deal last year that sent the Lakers to the Finals. The Suns aren't trading Amare because they think it'll make the team better, rather they are dealing him because they need to get under the luxury tax after pulling off last year's franchise killing Shaq trade. And don't forget we're talking about PHX here. As Simmons loves to point out, they might just be a dynasty if their owner wasn't so poor (or cheap, I suppose). In recent years they've sold off draft picks that have turned into guys like Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, and our own Luol Deng. All to save money. The Bulls have taken advantage of them once before, let's do it again.
c) So we've already established that these dues are just looking to shed salary. Luckily for the Bulls, they've got a fatty expiring contract (Drew Gooden; who happens to moonlight as a player that doesn't totally 100 percent suck like most expiring contract guys do so PHX should still remain in the the playoff hunt), and two promising young big men (Tyrus and Noah) with cheap deals. Basically, Amare can be had without the Bulls giving up any of their four best players. The Bulls can make this trade work. I guess it's just a matter of if Steve Kerr wants to pull the trigger. And if John Paxson will let him.
Lets establish something quickly here though for a second: even though I love Tyrus Thomas as much as anyone, he can go if it means getting Amare. Same goes for Joakim. I actually can't believe that there are a decent number of commenters on BaB that wouldn't make the trade if it meant losing Tyrus (Matt has brainwashed them a little too well). Someone else who wouldn't include TT in any package for Amare? My father. He watches the Bulls way more than me (due to my balls out crazy school-work-blogs schedule) so I guess his opinion should count for something.
I get why some people wouldn't want to trade Tyrus: when the Bulls (basically) chose him second overall, they knew they were getting a pretty raw player. They took him because of his upside, and now midway through his third season, he's starting to realize it. That was sort of the plan all along, right? So why deal him now?
Well here's why: Amare Stoudemire is just too good to pass up. He's like an actualized version Tyrus. Sure, STAT has his warts (he's horrible defensively, has already had microfracture knee surgery, and his numbers are down across the board this year), but who doesn't? Derrick Rose and LeBron. But besides for them I mean.
The point is that Amare is really awesome and he is exactly what the Bulls have lacked for so long. And since finding a tall dude that can score is so hard, I really feel like the Bulls have to get this thing done, somehow.
Just imagine Rose and Amare running the pick-and-roll for the next eight years. Sounds like a title team to me.