Feb 2, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Ben Gordon (8) shoots against Houston Rockets small forward Carlos Delfino (10) during the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose Injury Heightens Chicago Bulls Need For A Scorer

Before Derrick Rose tore his medial meniscus in his right knee on Friday against the Portland Trail Blazer, the Chicago Bulls had a need for a scorer to go along with Rose and forward Luol Deng.

With Rose likely to miss the remainder of the season, the need for a scorer has only grown stronger for the Bulls.

Take a look back at the 2012-2013 Bulls roster. Before that season, the Bulls front office had a summer to plan and construct the roster in the event that Rose missed the entire season. That would be the reason why the Bulls added guards Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli that summer. Robinson turned into an emotional leader for the Bulls down the stretch last season while Belinelli proved to be a tremendous asset because of his shooting ability. Robinson and Belinelli won’t be the saviors this season as each signed with a new team this past summer.

That is one of the underlying reasons why the Rose injury is a huge loss for the Bulls. The injury occurred during the season meaning the necessary avenues may not be open to the front office to try and replace the scoring that will be lost with Rose on the sideline. There is no Robinson nor Belinelli waiting at home as a free agent. The only avenue that is available to the front office would be to trade for scoring help.

But considering the competitive nature of the NBA, a team simply isn’t going to offer up a scorer without much of a return. Though, there is one option that remains available or at least worth watching. That option is an option that was mentioned on Da Windy City last week. Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Ben Gordon remains a fixture on the Bobcats bench, and with Rose now injured, Gordon becomes an even better fit with the Bulls.

If the Bulls want to avoid more punch-less displays like their effort in their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, the team must add another scorer sooner rather than later.



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