Should The Surprising Chicago Bulls Make A Trade?

1/31/10 in NBA   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

The Chicago Bulls entered the 2009-10 season with heightened expectations despite the loss of leading scorer Ben Gordon.  With Derrick Rose hobbled by an injured ankle, the Bulls started the season on a sour note going 10-17.  GM Gar Forman refused to give head Coach Vinny Del Negro a vote of confidence and many people believed it was only a matter of time when Del Negro would be given his pink slip.

Since then, the suddenly surprising Bulls have surged up the standings on the strength of a 13-5 record that includes a 5 game road winning streak over formidable Western Conference opponents.  Derrick Rose is healthy again and his fantastic play has seemingly given the Bulls new life.   The Bulls stellar play as of late has also made many of their players look more attractive on the trade block.

The Bulls want to achieve optimum financial flexibility entering the off-season, but in order to do that, they'd need to trade Kirk Hinrich for an expiring contract and renounce the rights to Tyrus Thomas following the season.  John Salmons also has a $6.7 million option for next season.  This could make it even more difficult to attain maximum flexibility.

The Bulls consider making the playoffs a very important goal.  So they could ultimately decide to stand pat and let the season play out.  Should they stay as they are?  Or should they make a trade that could affect this season in a negative way, but would help them down the road?
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