The Chicago Bulls struck free agency gold last month when Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade chose to join rising star Jimmy Butler in Windy City. The blockbuster signings turned everyone else in the roster into tradeable assets.
The Bulls currently have too many shooters in the front court. The team could bargain some of its stretch big men in order to acquire a rebounding savant.
The Bulls should pull the trigger on Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried. The Manimal is openly available on the trade market. He can provide the Bulls with above-average rebounding and hustle.
Tim Hart of Nugg Love noted that Faried is an energizer bunny approaching his prime years. He can provide the team with extra possessions and second-chance buckets.
The Bulls are all-set in every position except the power forward spot. The addition of Faried would give the team the flexibility to run small-ball or the traditional half-court offense.
Faried’s most significant contribution is one that doesn’t show on the stat sheet. His tenacity gives his team a mental edge over the opponent. He told BSN Denver that he patterned his game after Dennis Rodman, Charles Barkley and Russell Westbrook.
“I like guys who came from really nothing and were short and made something. Like Russell Westbrook,” he said. “Everybody wondered why he got drafted fourth back then. They were like, ‘What the hell? Just not that good to be drafted No. 4 in that draft.’ And he panned out. He’s better than a lot of the guys in that draft. Way better.”
The Bulls can acquire Faried and shooting guard Will Barton if they ship veteran big man Taj Gibson and stretch forward Nikola Mirotic to Denver. The swap could work well for both teams.
The Nuggets would receive a low-post threat in Gibson and a decent defender in Mirotic. On top of his defensive upside, Mirotic is a streaky shooter who can be the Nuggets’ version of a 6-foot-10 J.R. Smith.