As the Feb. 20 trading deadline approaches, there has been growing speculations over who the Chicago Bulls will trade next as they re-build their roster. Ever since the controversial Luol Deng trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers in early January, there has been a spotlight aimed at everyone on the team as a possible trade option. Currently, the rumors have been circulating non-stop around backup power forward Taj Gibson.
Gibson signed a four-year, $38 million contract extension in 2012. This season, Gibson has been averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. With a Gibson trade, the Bulls will have the necessary cap space to land a second star for Derrick Rose to play with.
The current player that’s getting most of the attention in a possible trade is Carmelo Anthony. While Anthony is one of the best players in the league, I don’t feel he would make a good addition to the team. Judging on his history with other teams, there is a possibility that he may upset the team’s chemistry and harm morale.
Personally, in a possible trade scenario, my eyes are set on Kyrie Irving. Partnered along with a rejuvenated Rose, Irving could bring a strong one-two punch to Chicago’s backcourt. With Rose as shooting guard and Irving at the point, Chicago can gain back their speed and athleticism that they have lost in recent years.
Prospectively, a Gibson trade has more positives than negatives. While Gibson has been one of the Bulls’ best players since his draft in 2009, the Bulls should make a play and see who they can get for him on the trading market.