Monday , Jan , 28 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Gilbert Arenas for Elton Brand, Straight Up

I’m not sure I can help the Bulls anymore, at least until they play better. You don’t sell stock at the bottom (though that’s what we kept saying when Tribune Co. was public and its stock kept dropping). Hey, if I were smarter about investments, I wouldn’t be around to give general managers all these great trade proposals. They’d be on their own. What is intriguing is the success of the Washington Wizards, whom we all assumed would fold without Gilbert Arenas. On the contrary, they’ve come together as a team, defending and sharing the ball.

The knee-jerk reaction is to say they’re better without Arenas. There is something to that, but you are never better without an All-Star. The issue is the subtleties of the game, a team game…If I were Ernie Grunfeld, I’d make a run at the Clippers’ Elton Brand, like Arenas out with an injury but also due back this season. Brand has one year left on his contract. It’s questionable whether he’d stay after that, especially with the low-post development of Chris Kaman. Brand is from Duke and often works out in Washington in the summer. He has talked on occasion about going back east. Click here for more from the Chicago Tribune.