By the Horns Weekly Mailbag 12/13/13

Image from Flickr via Pacdog

Image from Flickr via Pacdog

Welcome back to the Bulls by the Horns weekly mailbag where we will answer some of your reader submitted questions about the Chicago Bulls and the NBA every Friday. If you’d like to submit your question to us please shoot us a message via our contact form or shoot a tweet to @AvikarSaini. Without further ado, let’s get to it:

I saw Bill Simmons proposed a trade of Carlos Boozer and/or Luol Deng to the Lakers for Pau Gasol and someone else. Any chance this trade will happen?
Conrad D

I don’t want to completely rule the trade out, but I’m fairly certain a Boozer for Gasol swap has as much chance as Simmons’s proposed Lebron James and Dwayne Wade to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, and Kris Humphries trade- no chance whatsoever. Just like in years past the problem with any Boozer trade remains his contract. After signing Kobe to that hilariously large extension, the Lakers need Gasol’s expiring contract to come off the books if they want to go after another max player this coming offseason. By trading for Boozer’s max contract, the Lakers will have denied themselves the opportunity to go after one of the superstars. Mitch Kupchak is an incredibly smart general manager- he’s not about to shoot the team in the foot for Carlos Boozer.

Who are some trade targets the Bulls should target for next years team?
Via Twitter from @JonnyProfits

At this point and time it’s hard to say exactly who the Bulls should trade for for next year’s team given the unknowns regarding Derrick Rose’s level of play coming back, whether or not Deng will return to the team, if Boozer will still be around, if Nikola Mirotic will finally be brought over, and several other questions. I’ve written an article about how I believe the Bulls should target Arron Afflalo to play the 2-guard spot beside Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. Others have suggested more short term fixes such as Kyle Lowry due to the abysmal point guard situation the Bulls are in.

A recent Marc Stein article talked about Tom Thibodeau maybe going to the Knicks. Do you think this will happen?
Nicole B

I think Marc Stein is on the right track that the Chicago Bulls and Tom Thibodeau will part ways sometime in the near future under a mutual agreement. And given that Thibodeau recently signed his extension and that Jerry Reinsdorf is too cheap to just fire a coach and continue to pay him, the Bulls will likely look to trade a top coach like Thibodeau for some assets. That being said, I can’t imagine the Bulls trading Thibodeau to the New York Knicks. As Kelly Scaletta will have pointed out in an article being published within the near future on Bulls by the Horns, Thibodeau will not want to go to the Knicks due to the giant mess that franchise is in. But in addition to that, I can’t imagine the Chicago Bulls will trade away Thibodeau for less than a few first round picks. Unfortunately for New York, they’re running a little short on those.

How’s it like not having Nate Robinson in your life anymore?
Via Twitter from @Moesquare


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