His suggestions? Land Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal or Paul Pierce. Or draft Aldridge or Noah. Hey, cool. Make any of those things happen.
His first move? Inquire seriously about trading for Kevin Garnett, the superstar this city deserves and just the ticket to return sizzle to a sleepy hoops town. Despite claims by owner Glen Taylor that the Minnesota Timberwolves won't trade him, no one will be shocked if Garnett is shopped this summer. He's making too much noise that he wants out, saying recently: "I don't want to go through this anymore. I'm more deserving of a better team, and the city's more deserving of a better team.'' Few NBA teams are in position to pay a contract that guarantees Garnett $20 million a year through 2009, and few teams have the goods that would interest Minnesota. The Bulls are one exception.
Garnett the go-to guy Bulls need
I'd certainly trade Deng, Chandler and this year's first-round pick for Garnett and whatever is necessary to mix, match and make the trade legal. If the T-wolves balk, I'd consider substituting Gordon. Look, as much as the Bulls hustle and scrap, this remains a team of overachieving role players that has peaked. The reason Reinsdorf and so many people were disappointed Saturday night was because the Bulls had a chance to throw down a hammer -- and whiffed badly.
The Bulls need a go-to guy, a franchise player to lean on. If not Garnett, that man could be Jermaine O'Neal, who is disenchanted in Indiana as the fading Pacers try to squeeze into the playoffs one spot ahead of the Bulls. "We just will not play defense,'' O'Neal said Sunday. "At this point, we don't even deserve to be in the playoffs.'' Offer a similar package for O'Neal.
Paul Pierce would be a monster pickup, too. But like the others, he has to be on the trade market. If all three remain with their teams, the Bulls could be looking at free agent Al Harrington, the next-best move. Paxson then would draft a big man, perhaps Texas' hot-and-cold LaMarcus Aldridge or Florida whiz Joakim Noah if he changes his mind and turns pro. You can dream about Greg Oden, but it would take a freakily fortunate set of circumstances to land the 7-foot stud in the summer of 2007.