Monday, July 18, 2005

All about the O

(That's proof of the kind of education you get at the Scott Carefoot institute of blog headline writing.)

Now that Eddie Basden seemingly has fulfilled GM John Paxson's offseason search for the M2GwcDaS, it's time to look at the other offseason priorities: Backup point guard and scoring power forward.

The Bulls have two of their 'own' free agents at each position, Chris Duhon and Othella Harrington. But for kicks, here's a list (parsing through Chad Ford's) of who is available, realistic or desirable or not:

Backup Point: Marko Jaric(R), Antonio Daniels, Earl Watson, Damon Stoudamire, Gary Payton, Damon Jones, Dan Dickau, Dan Dickau, Keyon Dooling, Jeff McInnis, Juan Dixon, Tyronn Lue, Darrell Armstrong, Rick Brunson

Scoring PF: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Antoine Walker, Vladimir Radmanovic(R), Donyell Marshall, Darius Songaila, Robert Traylor, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Eddie Griffin, Clifford Robinson, Tom Gugliotta

It's looking like the Bulls may be misguided in prioritizing Chris Duhon as a must re-sign. The market for possible backup guards, while with some obvious stiffs in there, looks to be healthier that finding a replacement for Othella Harrington.

Harrington's 2004-05 season was a pleasant surprise, but it may have been a last spike in an otherwise declining stat trend as he heads towards the end of his career. Even if the Bulls trade Curry and get a big man in return, the need for a backup scoring option down low will still be necessary. A lot of the aforementioned bigs may be out of the Bulls price range (especially considering the likes of Brian Scalabrine got a 5 year deal), and the rest are hardly a lock for improving over Othella, and there's something to be said for the devil you know as opposed to the one you don't...