Bulls Contemplate Asik-Courtney Lee Swap
The many funny faces of Omer, via TBJ.
The Bulls still very much have a Keith Bogans problem, and mythical two-headed super GM Gar Paxdorf seems intent on solving it. If coach Tom Thibodeau won't take Bogans out of the starting lineup, perhaps his bosses can force Bogans out of the rotation with the addition of a superior player.
The Bulls are said to be keen on the Rockets' Courtney Lee, a third-year two-guard buried deep on Houston's bench after a strong sophomore campaign in New Jersey last season. The Rockets, in desperate need of a center, would like Omer Asik in return.
Asik has been playing well lately, and provided a pivotal spark off the bench in Wednesday's win over the Jazz. According to the Trib's K.C. Johnson, the Bulls appear unwilling to trade their dunk leader.
I could probably be swayed either way with this one. Lee would be a sizable upgrade over Bogans (even if Ronnie Brewer would be, too). He was highly regarded enough to start in the Finals as a rookie for the Magic, and then act as the key piece in the Vince Carter trade. He's also still very young (born in 1985) and should continue to get better.
Basketball blog smart-man Sebastian Pruiti gave Lee a sound endorsement at the end of last season.
Let me revise that last sentence to "Being a role player is fine, especially when the Bulls already have guys like Derrick Rose (yes!) and Carlos Boozer (also yes!)". Check out more of that post for details on Lee's advanced defensive numbers. Very impressive. He can knock down an open three, too: he's shooting 39 percent from deep this season, and hit 158 trey's in his first two years combined.
The trade deadline is February 24. I hear something might happen with 'Melo, too.