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The Bulls should trade for Amare Stoudemire (duh)

by Ricky O'Donnell on February 13, 2009 at 2:28AM

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.

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Couldn't agree more.

I keep hearing about how Tyrus may finally be reaching his potential, but we've seen this movie before.

These kids play out of their minds for half a season, come back the next year only to struggle throughout the first half and go through the exact same thing.

Rose to Amare would be a thing of beauty and if Pax doesn't pull the trigger:

He gone.

Greatest news of the year so far for Chicago sports: Paxson to resign after the trade deadline.

Rumors are that Doug Collins might step in next year as the GM and coach.


if that thing about portland dealing aldridge and beyliss is true, their gonna be tough to beat. but i heard something about how nash is unhappy in phx and they might be trying to make a play for hinrich to eventually replace nash

Just imagine Rose and Amare running the pick-and-roll for the next eight years. Sounds like a title team to me.

While I pretty much agree with your opinion, that part just reminded me of Suns fans four years ago (replace 'Rose' with 'Nash'). Man, how did none of those Suns teams win a title? De-pressing.

Whoa. We're going to need someone much smarter than me to decide what this Paxson news means. I can't say I'm excited or disappointed, just really confused. Why AFTER the trade deadline? Does that make an Amare deal (or any other trades) more likely or less likely?

Stompy: they may have won a title one year but Amare got suspended unfairly for running onto the court during a fight against the Spurs in the conference finals. Or something like that. I remember it happening but am too lazy to look it up. Also, the West was historically tough during the Suns' reign (didn't all eight teams that made the playoffs last year win over 50 games?) and D'Antoni made them play ZERO defense.

NBA players aren't going to play D unless you make them, which is why I sort of absolve Rose are being generally terrible on that end of the floor this year.

But I don't know, I just think it's pretty clear the Bulls are closer to winning a title with Amare than without him. I pray it happens, but now I have no idea how this Paxson news will affect it.

Next Bulls GM: Kenny Williams.

I second that. In Kenny we trust.

I can't imagine having to deal with LBJ one night, the Pistons the next, and then D-Rose and Amare the next. What a tough division the Central would be!

The Pistons are garbage right now, and will be for a LOOOOOOOONG time unless they get lucky in 2010.

Rick- I found a video of you at the Bulls game.....http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1900674

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