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.