Bulls Rumors Blog – The Chicago Bulls once again look poised for another deep playoff, despite their coaching change this summer. However, with Joakim Noah sidelined for the next four to six months, the Bulls are expected to be a player on the trading block weeks heading into the midseason deadline.
Joakim Noah playing his final game with Bulls: Several NBA pundits, including veteran NBA writer Sam Smith, believed the former Defensive Player of the Year played his last game in Windy City as he’s set to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer.
It’s a devastating injury not only for Noah but the Bulls’ championship hope this season, having lost their main defensive man down low. On the other hand, it could be a blessing in disguise for the Bulls other bigmen like Taj Gibson and rookie Bobby Portis. They will be given chances to step up as they will share the chunk of Noah’s minutes on the floor.
With regards to a proposed Bulls-Knicks trade involving Pau Gasol and Arron Afflalo by FanSided reporter Tom West of FanSided, the timing of this potential deal couldn’t get any worse. Sending Gasol to the Knicks was feasible when the Bulls were in excess of big men. But with Noah down, the Bulls will heavily depend on Gasol to produce on both ends of the floor.
They can’t afford to lose another All-Star big man just to address their need in their backcourt. Perhaps, Tony Snell or Mike Dunleavy can be thrown as trade chips, but not Gasol who has become the Bulls premier scorer in the paint the past two seasons. And honestly, the Bulls offense is just fine.
They are averaging 101.6 points per game via ESPN Stats, but are allowing opponents to score at least 100 points. All they need to do now is to recapture that furious defensive mentality they had under Tom Thibodeau and incorporate it with Fred Hoiberg’s offense to make them a two-way juggernaut. With that, it’s no longer a necessity for these teams to enter into a trade that involves two significant players on their roster. Gasol will stay with the Bulls and Afflalo with the Knicks.