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Should the Bulls consider a trade with the Heat?

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Should the Bulls consider a trade with the Heat?

Talk of breaking up the Heat's Big Three will really start to pick up if they fail to make it out of the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Up to this point, most of that chatter has centered on moving Chris Bosh, but that would be ridiculous. The Heat's weakness is its lack of size in the paint, so trading a big man would not make much sense unless they can get a better big man.

Dwight Howard's name has been floated as a possibility and it makes sense. Bosh and Howard's salary numbers are pretty similar. Plus, both teams would view the trade as an improvement to their roster.

But for the Heat, they run the risk of only having Howard for a year. He has made it clear that he wants to explore free agency when his contract ends after the 2012-13 season.

The more logical move is to trade Dwyane Wade.

His game is too similar to LeBron James' and Wade is two years older than Bosh. Plus, in terms of attitude, Wade seems to have gone to the dark side. His shouting match with coach Erik Spoelstra in the third quarter of Thursday night's game is one example in a recent trend of petulance from the Chicago native that first reared its ugly head when Wade shoved Rip Hamilton off the court toward the end of a regular-season matchup with the Bulls.

At some point Pat Riley will be making phone calls, looking to make a trade. It would be irresponsible for him to not call the Bulls and make an offer. The offer would likely be Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson for Wade.

John Paxson and Gar Forman should turn it down immediately, then counter with Noah and Hamilton for Wade.

The trade would benefit both teams. For the Bulls, they would get a proven scorer that can help the team stay afloat while it is without Derrick Rose and the probable absence of Loul Deng early in the season. With all of his faults, Wade still averaged 22 points per game last season. That's slightly more than what Rose averaged, by the way (21.8).

The Heat would also finally solve its major weakness -- lack of size and rebounding. Noah pulled down close to 10 rebounds a game this season, while the Heat's starting center Joel Anthony only grabbed four per game. That's almost the same as Derrick Rose, by the way (3.4).

Plus with Noah, the Heat get the comfort of having him locked up for four more seasons as opposed to Howard who could walk at the end of next season.

The trade would also send Wade home to Chicago and Noah back to Florida where he has had a lot of success over his basketball career.

What do you think? Would you trade Noah for Wade?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are the playoffs in sight for the Bulls?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Are the playoffs in sight for the Bulls?

On this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Seth Gruen and Ben Finfer join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

The Bulls win again. Do they dare think playoffs? Vincent Goodwill joins the guys to discuss.

Plus, they debate where the “Minneapolis Miracle” ranks amongst the greatest plays in NFL playoff history and if Tom Ricketts is right to say that Sammy Sosa needs to put everything on the table to rejoin the Cubs family.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Humorous things we learned at Cubs Convention

Humorous things we learned at Cubs Convention

One of the best things about Cubs Convention is the access fans and media have to the team and the state of mind the players possess in mid-January.

At this point, they’ve had time away from the field to rest and relax with their family and friends and as Anthony Rizzo says “no one is oh for four yet.” While workouts are in full swing, few have started hitting or pitching at this point in their off-season schedule, so “baseball talk” is not always priority. Instead, this is when we get to hear fun stories and entertaining tidbits about these players.

It’s no secret this team genuinely enjoys being around one and other and that the camaraderie is on full display for fans as they interact and poke fun at one and other during the question and answer panels. So, for those that may have missed the weekend’s festivities here are a few humorous things we learned about the Cubs:

  • When asked about a celebrity crushes, Anthony Rizzo coaxed Javier Baez into a J-Lo response while Kyle Schwarber weighed out his options before coming up with Katy Perry. That was “until she shaved her hair off and now looks like Eleven from Stranger Things!”
  • Schwarber’s name has consumed the recent headlines following his physical transformation this winter, but he isn’t the only Cub who dropped some weight this off-season. Those that got a picture or autograph from Ian Happ over the weekend should have noticed a slimmer physique as well. Happ told me “you have to look and feel your best for your first full season.” And when it comes to all the trade rumors involving his name, he said he’s been too busy golfing and working out this offseason to pay any attention.
  • During a one-on-one interview with new Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood, he gave us his best scouting report on himself, “four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, I’ll throw my curveball a lot more. That’s always been my best pitch and I kind of got away from it a little bit, but I’m going to be throwing that a lot more. Cutter and a changeup, too. So, you know, try to trick them with something.” And when asked which Cubs player he’s most interested in meeting, his response was Kris Bryant. “Just watching him it seems like he does everything cool.”
  • Addison Russell recalled his favorite memory or most funny moment of 2017 as the exchange with Nacho Man. Bringing Cubs and Cardinals fans together over nacho cheese and selfies. The All-Star shortstop also informed us that if he weren’t playing major league baseball, his fallback would be, a dart player. That’s right.
  • After being left off the panel of last year’s Kids Only Press Conference, Anthony Rizzo asked to be the host this year. “It’s my favorite event of the weekend,” Rizzo said. The Cubs first baseman did a tremendous job, toeing the line between appropriate parent/child humor. And after a few minutes of trash talking with Kris Bryant, Rizzo conceded that the younger Bryzzo partner would likely beat him in a one-on-one pickup game. Something I’m sure we’ll see a few weeks from now in Mesa at Spring Training.
  • And last, but certainly not least, Willson Contreras stole the weekend as he recalled the best defensive play of 2017 being Jon Lester’s pickoff of Tommy Pham. “I went out there and said hey motherfu**** throw the ball to first.” A moment that left his teammates on stage shaking their heads in disbelief. But our takeaway: the young, fiery catcher is not intimidated working with the veteran lefty, and he’s just the guy you want behind the plate for this experienced rotation.

After an easy going weekend full of laughs and selfies, the players now buckle in and turn their attention to spring training, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in less than a month.