John Salmons Main Key To Chicago Bulls’ Success

November 17th, 2009 by Josh Herman Leave a reply »
In a very underrated trade last season, the Bulls acquired John Salmons and Brad Miller from the Kings for Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, and Michael Ruffin (although Ruffin was later traded to the Trail Blazers for Ike Diogu).

At first the move looked like it was made so the Bulls would finally have a true center that can score and pass the ball.

However, in the off-season the true meaning of this trade came to light. The front office execs. obviously took a look at the 2010 off season, one even the King has said has the potential to be "the most exciting ever," and asked themselves if Ben Gordon was worth the money that he'd be asking for.

In the end they made the right call in my opinion and let Gordon walk (or at least didn't give him an offer). Gordon may have broken the bank for potential upcoming free agents like Chris Bosh, or Dwyane Wade.

And they must've felt, like I did, that it was too early to rely on Derrick Rose's shooting ability. They wanted Rose to open people up by driving to the lane, but with that you need a reliable mid-to-long-range jump-shooter.

Which brings me to John Salmons. The ...

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