I will just get right to it…
Financially it works as evidenced by the trade machine’s approval. So the next questions are:
- Would Chicago do it?
- Does this help the Sixers and in what ways?
Let me just get the particulars out of the way.
Elton Brand – 4-years at ~$66, 037,650 left on his contract
Tyrus Thomas – 1-year ~$4,743,598 left on his contract and then becomes a restricted free agent with a ~$6,256,806 qualifying offer
Kirk Hinrich – 3-years at ~$26,500,000
Would Chicago Do It?
Well we all know about the Kirk Hinrich situation. Do they keep him, can they afford to keep him and Gordon, log jam etc etc. But the word on the street now is the Bulls are actively shopping Tyrus Thomas.
The Chicago Bulls are reportedly heavily shopping Tyrus Thomas around the league, trying to see what kind of value they can get for him after the solid season he’s coming off of. It appears that they don’t see him fitting into their long-term plans as he’s too similar to Joakim Noah, and they aren’t interested in giving him a long-term deal that would put them over the luxury tax. It’s possible the Bulls look to package Thomas and Hinrich together and land a big time power forward. – Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress
If that rumor is accurate doesn’t this trade make some good sense for Chicago? Sure they lose a good player in Hinrich who can play both guard positions, shoot the three and is a very good defender. But they also have the 16th and 26th pick with which to try and replace him. Brand is nothing like Noah and is a nice pick and roll partner for Derrick Rose who can also play with his back to the basket a bit. Brand would also add some leadership and class to a team with a few misfits looking to win right now.
The way the Bulls played in the playoffs I don’t know if I would start shaking things up but I can see why they may want a more traditional power forward along side Noah to add some stability on offense inside. The Bulls live and die with perimeter shots, love to penetrate but lack a go-to inside presence that would make them a well-balance and more complete offense. Not to mention help their 28th ranked defensive rebound rate.
Would they be open to a return of Brand?
Does This Help the Sixers and in What Ways?
If you are one of the fans who has already given up on Elton Brand you probably love this trade. If you are still a Brand supporter you either hate it or it may have peeked your interest a bit.
Hinrich proves a 28-year-old point guard who shoots 38% from three for his career and is coming off a 40.8% seasons shooting the three. He has nice size and is an extremely strong defender who can play both guard spots. He clearly fits a need for the Sixers in a big way.
By adding the shooter at the point guard spot it leaves room for Iguodala and Thad to remain in the starting line up together. It also opens up more flexibility in the draft.
I think most of you know this by now but I am not a Tyrus Thomas fan at all. With that said if you want the Sixers back to their running ways in full force he is a good fit at power forward with Speights (who I think will be better if he isn’t already). He is a good help defender, but a weak rebounder at the PF spot.
Maybe the most positive thing is it helps regain some financial flexibility while not hurting the team all that much if at all. Hell might even help it. Hinrich’s contract is very good in my opinion because it depreciates each year rather than going up when the player’s production tends to slide. And the Sixers could very well just let Thomas walk after next season if they don’t like him and take the cap space knowing we have Speights, Jason Smith and the draft.
What’s your take?