HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The start of a New Year also signals the beginning of our third-favorite season here at the hideout, trade rumor season.
After the playoffs and the draft, nothing throws more players into the mix than the trade rumor season. So what if most of what’s rumored is complete rubbish.
There are always things that pop onto the radar that intrigue us. And this ESPN.com report about the Chicago Bulls have interest in Sacramento Kings swingman Omri Casspi makes sense on so many levels. (The Knicks are mentioned as a team interested in Casspi as well.)
The Bulls have been extremely patient in their pursuit of another quality outside shooter/slasher to help take some of that perimeter scoring load — responsibilities that both Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogans have tried to assume admirably (though neither of them appears to be versatile enough to handle the job without major assistance).
Casspi showed flashes of being able to handle those duties, even though Casspi is more of a small forward than a shooting guard. Casspi also plays with an edge that the Bulls need and haven’t had since they shipped Andres Nocioni to the Kings in a deal at the trade deadline two seasons ago.
With the Kings rolling around in the mud in the Western Conference basement, this is the perfect time for a young talent like Casspi to be freed from a situation like the one he finds himself in. Who wouldn’t want to go from a 7-24 team in the West to a contender in Chicago that’s already stocked with a superstar and MVP candidate in Derrick Rose, a veteran star in Carlos Boozer and stud big man in Joakim Noah?
Like we said, this one makes sense on so many levels — hypothetically speaking, of course.