Chicago Bulls: Rasheed Wallace

Four trades that helped win NBA titles

February, 9, 2011
With Carmelo Anthony trade rumors swirling and talk that the Bulls need to go after a shooting guard, here's a look at teams who made midseason trades that culminated with an NBA title that season. The ESPN Stats & Information folks put together this list of players who logged at least 20 minutes per game for their new teams after the trade, and then played at least 20 minutes per game in the postseason while winning the NBA title.

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Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe addition of Rasheed Wallace helped the Detroit Pistons upset the Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals.
1. Rasheed Wallace, 2003-04 Pistons: The Pistons acquired Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks and Mike James from the Boston Celtics on Feb. 19, 2004. At the time, Detroit was 34-22. After the trade, the Pistons went 20-6, including two eight-game winning streaks. The Pistons were heavy underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Lakers, but won 4-1.

2. Clyde Drexler, 1994-95 Rockets: The Rockets acquired Clyde Drexler (and forward Tracy Murray) from the Portland Trail Blazers for veteran forward Otis Thorpe, a 1995 first round draft choice and the draft rights to forward Marcelo Nicola on Feb. 14, 1995. Houston, the defending champion, was 30-17 at the time of the trade, but were under .500 after the trade (17-18). Houston was the No. 6 seed in the West, overcoming a 2-1 deficit to Utah in the first round and a 3-1 deficit to the Suns in the Western Conference semifinals. Houston survived five elimination games and eventually swept the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals to become the lowest seeded team to win the NBA title (seeding began in 1984).

3. Mark Aguirre, 1988-89 Pistons: The Pistons traded Adrian Dantley and a 1991 first-round pick to the Mavericks for Mark Aguirre on Feb. 15, 1989. Aguirre played a key role for the 1988-89 Pistons, who were 32-13 before the trade, and 31-6 after. Detroit went 15-2 in the postseason, sweeping the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.

4. Mychael Thompson, 1986-87 Lakers: Thompson was traded by the Spurs to the Lakers for Frank Brickowski, Petur Gudmundsson, a 1987 first-round draft pick and a 1990 second-round draft pick on Feb. 13, 1987. The Lakers were 37-12 before the trade and went 28-5 the rest of the regular season on their way to the title.

How do you replace Noah? A few ideas ...

December, 16, 2010
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Bulls general manager Gar Forman admitted on Thursday that he had already started kicking the tires on possible replacements to fill in for Joakim Noah, who will be out up to two months after hand surgery. Let's take a look at a few of the possibilities ...
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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesRasheed Wallace is familiar with Tom Thibodeau's system after spending last season with the Boston Celtics.
Rasheed Wallace: He played for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston and respects the coach. During the Bulls recent trip to Boston, Wallace interrupted his old coach's postgame press conference by saying, "I need a job." Thibodeau wasn't sure at the time if he was serious. He's going to find out quickly. Wallace would fit in well with the Bulls given that he already knows Thibodeau's schemes.

Chris Richard: The burly big man spent a portion of last season with the Bulls and was in training camp with the team earlier in the year before being waived. The Bulls know him, and he got along well with everyone in the locker room. He is playing in China.

Chris Johnson: The LSU product is playing for the Dakota Wizards in the D-League. The Wizards selected him in NBDL draft earlier this year and it paid off. He's averaging 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game. He's also 6-foot-11. Will the Bulls be interested?
Joel Pryzbilla: The veteran center is in the final year of a contract which pays him almost $7.5 million this season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He's battled injuries, but he appears to be healthy again. The Blazers may be willing to talk, but what would the Bulls have to give up to get him? Is he even worth it?

Dan Gadzuric: Another veteran center who is in the final year of his deal, he has played sporadically for the Golden State Warriors all season. It shouldn't take much for the Bulls to pick him up if this is a direction they want to go.

Who do you think the team should go after? And don't say Brad Miller. He would be a great fit, but there is no way the Bulls want to pick up that contract. That's why they didn't sign him in the offseason.



Derrick Rose
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.2
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.8
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5