BRING BACK BRAND
Forget K.G. I’ve got my sights set on someone else. Bulls fans know him well. Elton Brand. Brand currently leads the Clippers in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. The Clippers are last in the Pacific and only better than Seattle and Memphis in the Western Conference.
Word is Mr. Donald Sterling does not like to spend money. He must especially disdain spending it on a team as woeful as the Clippers, who after a few seasons of hope have reintroduced themselves to the gutter.
So perhaps Mr. Sterling would like to get out from under his biggest contract, that belonging to Brand. The Bulls could send them P.J. Brown, attractive to Sterling because his contract expires at season’s end, along with Tyrus Thomas or Luol Deng and one of their two 2007 1st round picks for Brand.
You might have cringed when I mentioned Thomas or Deng, but there simply isn’t enough room for both of them plus Nocioni. I think that John Paxson would rather trade his family away than deal Nocioni. With the draft pick and a young player, Sterling can sell it to the fans, if they have any.
It’s apparent that the Bulls still lack a true low post option. Any team with aspirations of winning the championship needs a guy they can count on for points in a half-court set. Brand would complete the Bulls.
Imagine a lineup of Brand, Wallace, Nocioni, Gordon and Hinrich. Who’d want to play that team?
Perhaps it’s a pipe dream but it is actually feasible in regard to the cap. Can’t hurt a guy to dream. Can’t hurt Pax to ask either.