I actually felt a positive vibe from the comments I received from my last post. Clearly, a lot of people were skeptical about how successful the Hawks could be with Jrich, another two guard, playing alongside a guy with a massively high usage rate. After assessing my trade idea, I felt that it was actually pretty solid; Johnson really needs another guy to help him out on the wings, because if he continues to run the iso-joe he will literally start to wear thin, and break down; possibly causing a Hawks first round playoff meltdown. The Hawks depend on Johnson so much, that Richardson's presence alone would create more opportunities and allow Johnson's minutes to go back down. Anyway, I know you guys probably are not fond of hearing trade ideas at this point, but I want to continue doing these, so that I can really get a feel for what the consensus about making trades are on here.
Now the, I was watching the Bulls game yesterday against the Lakers, and one thing really struck me about their offense. They have two miserable two guards; in fact the two of them dont even combine to half of what Joakim Noah's ppg is this season. The Bulls are trying to insert a high-usage player in Carlos Boozer into their lineup, and it has taken some games, but I think Rose understands that he and Boozer can run a devastating play known as the Pick and Roll. Boozer's arrival gives the Bulls a lot more depth, yet it takes guys like James Johnson out of the rotation and Taj Gibson to the bench. Both of whom are quite capable at sopping minutes at the four and possibly even at the three. Seeing how the Suns are wary of Earl Clark's play/mental capacity, it mights interest them into undoing the wrong that they supposedly did utilizing Clark as an asset in a trade. Now, time for the trade, The Phoenix Suns receive Taj Gibson, and James Johnson, and Ronnie Brewer, and the Bulls receive Earl Clark and Jason Richardson.
The Suns had an opportunity to draft the Swedish Forward, but instead decided to draft Clark and not to play him whatsoever. Johnson is an athletic monster, with solid defensive fundamentals, and can stretch the floor a bit because he can make the outside shot. Obviously, this helps in the rebounding category and gives the Suns a rather strong interior defensive line in Lopez and Gibson. A lineup of Lopez, Gibson, Hill, Dragic/Childress and Nash gushes with defensive mettle, and Nash gets a great pnr guy in Gibson as well. Johnson who is warrick lite, has shown that he can be a better defender, and his length/lankiness make him a solid pnr threat as well. Not only that, but the Suns' rebounding is vastly improved; the Suns are also a lot taller. All the Suns have to do is decide who gets the two slot, and the Suns will be running off to the races; Richardson is a great scorer, but he is streaky, and follows up several of great performances with consecutively crappy ones. If Childress gets the two slot, Dudley would have to play more of the two position, but it does allow for a more structured player rotation. Johnson, unlike Clark, has been given minutes to show what he's got, and while not eye-popping, they are pretty solid. Also, unlike Clark, he has a tendency to play with more enthusiasm and produce more in limited time.
Now for the Bulls point of view. I think the Bulls would be ecstatic if they were offered this, because they get another scorer in Richardson. Someone that can contribute consistently, is a great rebounder for a two guard, and plays better defense than Bogans and Korver. Brewer had to be included in the deal to make the salaries work. (The Bulls would surpass the luxury tax threshold, but as Richardson's contract is expiring, they can re-sign him to a smalller contract to fit the boundaries of what they want their salary cap to be.) Richardson can fill it up, and playing alongside Rose and Boozer; it'll be a lot like Jason Richardson in the playoffs. Except, Boozer is a better passer than Amar'e, and Rose's dribbles drives attract a lot more defensive pressure; Richardson will find himself open threeball after threeball after threeball. Watching yesterday's game, I saw a traditional Kobe Bryant move; Brewer/Bogans on one side of the court Bryant chasing Rose on the perimeter or providing some much needed help defense in the post. Bryant does this a lot when opposing team's do not have a shooting guard that he respects; players like Thabo Sefalosha, Keith Bogans, Brewer are a couple of names that make this list. Richardson is definitely the highlight of this trade, yet Clark is also an interesting pickup for the Bulls. Clark would get tons more play time in Chicago, and will have the chance to prove himself here. Thibs will certainly recognize Clark's defensive potential, and that'll be a key reason why Clark would see the hardwood more often. With Gibson and Johnson gone, Thibs will be able to develop Omer Asik's play, and tap into Clark's potential.
Imo this is a win-win for both teams, but there is a problem with the espn trade machine, as I cannot factor brewer into the deal. Considering that the Bulls had Free agency money to spend, I think that the deal is actually possible.
So there you have it folks, Part 2 of my Asinine Trade Proposals. Also link to my first post. (If you have the time, please hit the link, I'd really appreciate it!!!)