The Chicago Bulls are in a precarious position at point guard due to Derrick Rose's injury. It seems as if Rose's injury will keep him out a good portion of next season, so as the Bulls are looking for a backup point guard, who they end up with would ideally be good enough to start until Rose gets back on the floor. Recently, it was reported that the Bulls would be looking at Jason Kidd, in addition to Steve Nash, to potentially fill that role.
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't want to bring in Nash or Kidd. It's not that I think they aren't tremendous players with veteran leadership, it's that I would not want to pay either of them the money they undoubtedly will be asking for. Of course, the Bulls' circumstances aren't normal. They are not looking for a standard backup point guard. They want one who is good enough to start for a portion --maybe majority-- of the season and continue to be a productive member even after Rose returns.
The Bulls don't exactly have a treasure chest full of money to be throwing around. This offseason, they will have to be thrifty when it comes to free agent signings. Because of that, for the Bulls to sign someone like Jason Kidd, someone else would probably have to go --Ronnie Brewer, C.J Watson, or Kyle Korver. However, the Bulls would be in really nice shape (for the short term) when Rose returns. While rotations would shift around, the Bulls could run with both Rose and Kidd/Nash on the floor whenever they wanted to. While I hesitate to throw terms like "championship caliber" around, it's exactly what the Bulls could be with a healthy Derrick Rose. While the heralded Chicago "Bench Mob" might get broken up because of it, I'd be excited about a core that had Rose, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Kidd/Nash. The Bulls would still have players like Taj Gibson around that core as well.
The Bulls might not be able to lure either Kidd or Nash, but if they do, it could make the Bulls a major contender when Rose returns --assuming they're still in striking distance, which I believe they will be.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bulls fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NBA throughout.
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