The Bench Mob Breakup

The dominos keep on falling as another piece of the Bench Mob is gone. Bulls forward Kyle Korver has been traded to the Atlanta Hawks for a second-round pick via Minnesota, pending a passed physical.

This is via Atlanta’s traded player exception. The Bulls are expected to save around 500K in the process.

The Bulls had to make a decision by Sunday whether to pick up the $5 million team option. This move has given the Bulls the luxury of completing the Kirk Hinrich signing.

With that trade, the Bulls are lacking a sharpshooter of Korver’s magnitude.

I’ve stated this previously – and the Bulls should really consider it – but they should take a look at shooting ace Jason Kapono.

Kapono is 31 years of age, and that would concern me, except, all he does is shoot threes.

Kapono, at one point, was the most accurate three-point shooter of all-time. In the last two seasons, however, Kapono’s percentage has dropped drastically.

Once a lock for shooting 45 percent from three, Kapono has shot just 12.5 and 29.6 percent, respectively, in the last two seasons. It should be noted Kapono has had lack of playing time in those seasons, averaging no more than 10 minutes a game. There is no reason not to believe that his shooting percentage wouldn’t pick up if he appeared off the new (and hopefully) improved Bulls Bench Mob.

As of now, though, the Bulls have shifted their interests to guard O.J Mayo. Mayo is now an unrestricted free agent after the Grizzlies declined to make a qualifying offer to him.

Mayo is a potential sleeper signing for the Bulls. Mayo is a shooting guard, and if added to the roster, he could be the successor to the predecessor, that being Richard Hamilton.

Remember, Mayo was one of those highly touted draft prospects from 2008 that included Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon. Together, they were known as the Fab Five Freshman of 2008 – no need to disrespect the original Fab Five.

Mayo is a scorer. With the Grizzlies, his role shifted to being a role player off the bench. At 24, his full potential may still be unlocked. If in a Bulls uniform, that potential may finally get……”UNLEASHED!”

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