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5 Reasons Why the Chicago Bulls Should Trade For Harrison Barnes

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Harrison Barnes and Kirk Hinrich May Be Involved in a Future Trade

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Two of the teams that have been most talked about in regards to the 2014 NBA trade deadline, coming up February 20th, are the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. In the West, things are tougher than the Warriors may have thought they would be and may need to make something happen before the deadline passes.

Out East, the Bulls are currently in the thick of the playoff race but, as many of you know, will likely be looking at a much different roster going into next season. There have been plenty of rumors about how the Bulls will blow things up before the second return of Derrick Rose.

One of the trades that just might happen involves Chicago point guard Kirk Hinrich and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, among possible picks and maybe even another player or two yet to be named.

Golden State has had their eye on Hinrich for a while now, as they must get a solid backup to starter Stephen Curry. They are absolutely loaded at the two and three spots, with guys like Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Jordan Crawford, who is more of a two guard than a point guard.

The Bulls are really just looking toward the future, with free agency in mind. They would like to enter the summer with as much room as possible to go after a maximum contract type of player – cough, Carmelo Anthony.

With all of the talk about each team making a trade before the deadline passes, this one makes a whole lot of sense for Chicago. Here are just five of many reasons why Barnes should be pursued by the Bulls.

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5. Availability

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According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the Warriors are looking to make a move and anybody but Curry and Andrew Bogut is available. Why wouldn't the Bulls think to contact Golden State regarding Barnes?

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4. Inexpensive

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Over the next three seasons, Barnes’ contract will pay him $3 million, $3.87 million and $5.1 million respectively. For a player who has already performed past his contract, the Bulls would be getting a great player at a cheap cost.

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3. Loaded With Potential

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Barnes is only 21 years old and is only getting better. He is athletic and can play both ends of the floor, giving the Bulls a solid, young wing to make up for the loss of Luol Deng. Barnes could be one of the guys Chicago can build on in the future, without a doubt.

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2. Perfect Fit

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Tom Thibodeau demands a lot out of his players, and Barnes is not only young, but a hard-working individual. He would fit right in with the Bulls, who are a tough and physical team.

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1. Complement to Derrick Rose

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Barnes is a guy that can create offense, unlike many of the players Chicago currently has on its roster. When Rose returns, Barnes would be a fantastic compliment to him, offensively speaking. Rose would not have to depend solely on himself to get the ball in the basket – Barnes would be there to pick up some slack.

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