Another day, another candidate to fill that gaping hole at shooting guard in Chicago.
It seems a lot of folks were watching when Derrick Rose was smothered by the Heat defense in the Eastern Conference finals and there was precious little help to him out.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury-News is offering up Monta Ellis as a solution to move the Warriors ahead into a new era and to solve the Bulls’ problem.
Then there is the matter of getting the right deal for Ellis, who is due $11 million in each of the next three seasons.
After checking with a few NBA sources, two teams kept coming up — both with the combination of potential interest and the right roster pieces to intrigue West and the Warriors.
Chicago, which might have been a big-time perimeter scorer away from pushing Miami to the brink in the Eastern Conference finals. Would the Bulls think about Luol Deng for Ellis? Could the Warriors sweeten that offer?
And Memphis, (Jerry) West’s old team, which has Rudy Gay at a huge salary and which offered O.J. Mayo for Ellis in the recent past.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy for the Warriors to trade Ellis — emotionally or practically. It will take some guts. But again, that’s precisely why West was brought to the Warriors in the first place.
Of course, the Bulls could be bit reluctant to pull the trigger on that deal, given that Ellis only shot 36 percent from behind the 3-point line this season. More importantly, he’s only 6-foot-3 and would leave Chicago with a maybe too-small-to-contend backcourt with Rose.
There’s also the matter of West and the Warriors trying to pry Luol Deng out of Chicago just when coach Tom Thibodeau is calling him his guy who holds it all together.
We know the Bulls will be desperate to get help for Rose and close the gap on Miami. But will they be that desperate? The guessing season has only just begun.