Friday , Jan , 11 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Why Houston Rockets & Chicago Bulls Should Trade Tracy McGrady For Ben Wallace & Ben Gordon

Trade rumors are swirling around the Chicago Bulls like the wind at Wrigley Field. The struggling franchise continues to talk with the Houston Rockets about acquiring Tracy McGrady …

Why Houston Rockets & Chicago Bulls Should Trade Tracy McGrady For Ben Wallace & Ben GordonMy AM Take: Trade rumors are swirling around the Chicago Bulls like the wind at Wrigley Field. So the struggling franchise continues to talk with the Houston Rockets about acquiring Tracy McGrady.

Asked about a trade timetable on Dec. 21 — three days before he fired coach Scott Skiles — general manager John Paxson vowed to keep any discussions as quiet as possible. Still, some reports have Paxson talking to the Houston Rockets about a deal for seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady. (Chicago Sun Times)

That’s right. Chicago and T-Mac. Here’s how this trade could breakdown:

 Chicago would get:

  • Tracy McGrady.

 Houston would get:

  • Ben Wallace and Ben Gordon.

Why Chicago should make this trade: The All-Star would add size to the Bulls’ backcourt and inject life in their anemic offense. He would also give the Bulls their first legitimate superstar since you-know-who pushed off on Utah’s Byron Russell in the NBA Finals.    

Why Houston should make this trade: The Yao-T-Mac duo has failed. And teams typically build around centers, so the Rockets’ front office will continue shopping McGrady around the league. Wallace’s contract (he makes 15 million dollars per season) would have to be included in any trade. However, Gordon’s range would allow Houston to play inside-outside basketball with Yao.

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