Chicago Bulls Pursuing Nash, Kidd? (Fun Unlikely Bulls 2012-2013 Scenarios Edition)
I’ll believe it when I see it. I don’t know that C.J. isn’t the answer, but hey this is fun, right?
Chicago will make a run at Steve Nash and Jason Kidd in free agency, according to a source.
C.J. Watson filled in admirably in place of an injured Derrick Rose in the postseason, but the Bulls are expected to look to upgrade at point guard during Rose’s absence.
Rose is walking with a soft brace after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left ACL and is hoping to return by next season’s All-Star break.
Okay, here’s the thing. The Bulls would only really be able to offer these guys a mid-level exception, right? Which is the same thing that a bunch of other teams can offer who may be a bigger draw right now (Lakers? Heat?). Also with Rose coming back by the All-Star break, I’m not entirely sure they would want to walk into a Tebow-Sanchez-esque trap. Obviously the keys would be handed back to Rose as soon as he’s healthy.
It really shows the lack of faith Bulls management has in CJ, who can be had for a mere $3.7 million option next season. Personally I think C.J. makes the most sense. Sure he floundered in the playoffs against the 76ers, but truth be told he is a great regular season player, especially once he is rested and healthy. It might make more sense to let him have a few bad games but help the Bulls win at a .666 clip (they did it last year without Rose, right?) and then have Rose come back and seamlessly slide back into the starting role. If you sign a Steve Nash, it will create major controversy upon Rose’s return, and one of the Bulls great strengths the last two years has been clubhouse chemistry.
There is one other scenario, but I’m not sure I love it. A Rose-Nash starting backcourt. Thoughts?