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Will the Bulls trade for 76ers swingman Evan Turner?

Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus on Friday night. The team announced on Saturday that Rose would need surgery following the injury.

Will the Bulls trade for 76ers swingman Evan Turner?

Evan Turner. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Evan Turner. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus on Friday night. The team announced on Saturday that Rose would need surgery following the injury.

Could they trade for 76ers swingman Evan Turner? Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com writes that it might be in the Bulls’ best interest.

“Turner, a Chicago native, would be an ideal fit for the Bulls to replace Rose,” writes Shorr-Parks. “He isn't the player that Rose is, but he has shown over his career that he is best with the ball in his hands.”

Shorr-Parks isn’t the only one pointing out that now may be the ideal time to trade Turner, who currently averages 21.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

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Whether or not Turner can maintain those numbers over a sustained period of time remains to be seen. But Turner, who is a free agent after this season, could be enticing for a team looking to fill a short-term need like Chicago.

“Turner is perhaps the best band-aid Chicago could ask for right now that helps them both this season and doesn't hurt their long term plans,” writes Shorr-Parks.

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What kind of trade could the two teams pull off? With Turner making just over $6 million this season, it's hard to see a player on the Bulls who could be traded straight up and work under the cap. One possibility is a package involving Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell, which would work financially. The Bulls might be willing to include a first round pick.

The Bulls front office now has a whole new set of problems in front of them. Ones that could be solved by calling Philadelphia.

To read the full story from Eliot Shorr-Parks, click HERE.

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