One rumor going around has Larry Hughes going to the New Jersey Nets for Bobby Simmons and Maurice Ager. Ager would be included to make the salaries match. I don't see the point of this trade for the Nets. The Nets already have Kenyon Dooling manning the back-up point guard spot and Jarvis Hayes, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Trenton Hassell can the two guard or SF spot. Larry Hughes would probably get more playing time than any of these players. Hughes's deal does end next year so that's a plus. I wouldn't do the deal. Hughes needs the ball in his hands to be effective. The Nets already have Devin Harris, Vince Carter, and the developing Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian (currently injured) as designated scorers for this team. Will Hughes contribute enough on the defensive end to off-set his lack of touches on the offensive end? I doubt it.
For the Bulls, they would be getting an overpaid player who is average in nearly every facet of the game. His defense might be slightly above average. Drew Gooden is still injured so I guess Bobby Simmons would fill in at the PF spot off the bench. I can stretch the floor for Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Kirk Hinrich with his outside shooting. I guess its a win-win trade, if it happens.
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