The Chicago Bulls were desperate spenders this summer, trying to acquire another offensive piece to take the scoring load off of their fragile star Derrick Rose. The Bulls struck out on Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James never even gave them a chance. So Chicago settled for Pau Gasol to provide some help inside for Joakim Noah and to provide the offensive punch this roster desperately needed. So with Gasol on board, everyone thought that the Bulls’ free agent spending was done.
Everyone was wrong.
Reports are surfacing that the Bulls are willing to give up Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. Now before I dive into why this is so wrong for the Bulls, let me make it clear that Love is an all-world talent, and he will be an immediate impact on a team that has dreams of contending for a championship.
But this is a bad move for the Bulls for two reasons. First, the Bulls will be parting ways with Gibson, a mini version of Noah who anchors the second unit, and McDermott, who could really shine in Chicago’s offense. Both of these players are young, and the Bulls can ill afford to give up youth, especially given Rose’s injury woes.
And second, the Bulls just signed Gasol, a player with championship experience that the Bulls need. Gasol came to Chicago to start for a contending team, not be pushed to the bench, which would happen if the Bulls get Love. Gasol fits so much better with Noah than Love, as he can provide the type of help defense that Love can’t.
Sure, Love would provide scoring and rebounding for the Bulls, but they don’t really need him. They already have Gasol, who is just as good as Love and is more experienced at playing playoff basketball. If the rumors are true, this is a trade the Bulls need to step away from.