James Harden Could Be the Answer to Chicago Bulls' Offensive Woes

By Tracy Martin
James Harden
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In their quest to find new pieces to their offensive arsenal that would not put them in the red financially, the Chicago Bulls could make a wise choice by pursuing Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden.

Harden was an efficient backup two-guard for the Oklahoma Thunder, winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2012. Since then, Harden has done great as a starter for the Rockets. In the 2013-14 season, Harden has been outstanding. He is averaging 23.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. Harden currently has a $13.7 million contract with Houston.

Based on his numbers, Harden could bring a competent offensive game to the Bulls if signed. It’s no secret by now that Chicago needs to put together an offensive group that can help them go toe-to-toe with the league’s best, and a strong two-guard with NBA Finals experience would fit the job perfectly.

Harden would not be the next Bulls’ breakout star most likely, but he would be a good asset for the team to have right now. He would definitely be a better choice than Carmelo Anthony for one. Too many times teams clamor to find the top A-level talent in the hopes that signing them would be a wise decision, but a lot of times things just come crashing down.

Take the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. In their attempt to craft a “dream team” by signing Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the team unexpectedly imploded under their own weight. Instead of packing your team with stars, it would be more well thought-out to have a few stars who know the importance of teamwork backed up by a strong supporting cast.

As the clock ticks away on the trading deadline, it’s questionable if the Bulls are going to make much of a push on the trading market at all. But if the Bulls are looking to aim for inexpensive and hidden talent, they could do worse than pursuing Harden.

Tracy Martin is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter@TracyMartin23 or add him to your network on Google.

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