After the loss of celebrated long-time forward Luol Deng, coupled with the expected departure of Carlos Boozer this offseason, the Chicago Bulls have lost a lot of the strength they once held at the forward position. Since the Bulls are gifted at the guard and center position right now with stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, finding a forward that can fit in and contribute to the team should be prioritized. In this search for a forward, perhaps the Bulls would do well to reach out to former star, Metta World Peace, who was recently waived by the New York Knicks on Feb. 24.
Acquiring World Peace should not be seen as something completely out of left field. World Peace does have a history in Chicago. The Bulls selected World Peace with the 16th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. Based on his exemplary play for a rookie out of college on a rebuilding team, World Peace can be considered one of the best Chicago Bulls players of the last decade. While his tenure with the team was, in essence, a ‘flash in the pan’, his strong playing style carried over to the other teams on his resume, specifically his years with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won an NBA Championship in 2010.
Now, World Peace is not the most sought-after athlete in the league, due to his poor team chemistry and lessening skills on the floor, but he can still contribute to Chicago’s defensive gameplan in ways other athletes on the free-agency list cannot. World Peace still has an aggressive, tough-defensive mindset that makes him feared by offenses across the league. He can be best utilized as a role player for Chicago.
It would be a poetic end to an otherwise chaotic career should World Peace seek to spend his twilight years with the Bulls. If nothing else, World Peace should be considered as an option the Bulls can take, if other choices are unavailable. If Chicago is looking for veterans with a strong defensive background, then World Peace should suit this task.