Commentary

Debating league-changing trades

Joe Johnson to the Bulls? Chris Paul to the Clippers? Our Insiders make cases for both.

Originally Published: August 11, 2011
By Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine
Joe JohnsonDennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireA Joe Johnson-Derrick Rose backcourt in Chicago could lead the Bulls to the Finals.

The only thing Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard like to do more than report on the NBA is argue about the NBA. So we're continuing their One-on-One series into the offseason (and the lockout), today looking at potential game-changing trades to be made after the league resumes.

Which potential trade would do most to elevate a team to contender status or solidify its position at the top of the league?

BUCHER: A number of star-quality players could be available on the market once the NBA resolves its labor issues, providing a variety of teams the chance to elevate themselves with one bold move. For me, though, the Bulls are the team that most needs to add a piece to solidify itself as a threat to win a title. The guy they should go after is Joe Johnson.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer