According to the Bleacher Report, the Minnesota Timberwolves — who have three first round picks in this year’s draft — might want to package a pick and Mike Miller for either Ben Gordon (in a sign-and-trade) or Kirk Hinrich. It seems unlikely that the Bulls would do a sign-and-trade for BG, because that would mean they’d have to take a salary hit that would likely push them into [insert dramatic music here] luxury tax territory. A deal for Hinrich seems more likely, since everybody knows that John Paxson would love to dump Hinrich’s contract onto anybody who will take it. (No, really. Do you know anybody who will take it? If so, call J-Pax at 1-800-BUY-KIRK.)
But seriously, I hope this deal is just standard offseason speculation that won’t amount to anything. I’m not impressed enough with the prospects in this year’s draft to get overly excited about an additional pick. As for Miller, well, I really don’t want to see another defenseless shooter in a Bulls uniform. The upside of a deal for Miller is that his contract expires after next season, which means that his salary ($9,750,000 for 2009-10) would come off the books next summer. But at this point, I’m not really interested in salary dumps unless it makes the team better…and I can’t see Miller doing that.