The Chicago Bulls took a major hit in the first round of the playoffs when former league MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls were left with players that were able to play well-enough that they should have beaten the 76ers in the first round but they did not get the job done as they did all season long.
With that being said, the Bulls need another star on the team besides Rose to carry the team. When Rose was out of the lineup during the season, the team proved that they could win without him but in the playoffs they faltered terribly only garnering two wins against the Sixers in the playoff series. The Bulls need to look at trading their two other stars on the team: Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.
Deng and Noah are two underrated players of the Bulls who have been with the team for all seasons in the NBA. Deng averaged 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this year while Noah averaged 10.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Both players also helped the Bulls a lot in the absence of Rose.
Neither player can carry the Bulls team as we saw in the playoffs. An idea that may help the Bulls is trying to pull off some kind of deal to acquire the fledgling New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire. Deng, Noah or even Carlos Boozer could be the forward heading east along with a Corey Brewer or Kyle Korver.
Before everyone jumps on me about Stoudemire, a fresh start for him could do him well. He is extremely injury prone though and that is where it may hurt the Bulls, having two injury prone stars on their roster. However, Rose is a point guard and Stoudemire would not have to contend sharing his shooting spots with Rose. There are pros and cons of every situation.
If this team continues to under perform in the playoffs and if they under perform without Rose next year, maybe a break up of the Bulls could be a good thing. However, another star is needed in Chi-town. Deng and Noah are not going to do it themselves.