Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

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Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

Monday marked a big day in Los Angeles and Orlando. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with general manager Otis Smith, and the Lakers were eliminated in Game 5 of the playoffs by the Thunder.

Trade rumors have been circulating since then about Dwight Howard's role, as well as moves the Lakers will make to improve next season.

Despite the shake up in Orlando, Howard still wants out. However the list of teams he'd like to play for doesn't include Chicago.

Although the "super team" idea of Rose and Howard together seems undesirable for the Magic's All-Star, Chicago needs to reevaluate how they will perform with their MVP out the majority of next season due to his ACL injury.

But the likeliness of Luol Deng being traded is slim due to his wrist injury, so any possibilities of Howard coming to the Windy City are looking pretty non-existent.

The Lakers' elimination in Game 5 on Monday will certainly result in trade rumors surrounding the entire team, aside from Kobe Bryant. Immediately following the game, NBA fans already began discussing Pau Gasol and the possibility of a trade via Twitter.

Many Bulls fans have been keeping an eye on Gasol for a good portion of the season, even entertaining the idea of a trade involving Carlos Boozer.

But a Gasol-Boozer exchange wouldn't happen.

Despite his struggles this season, Gasol is a better overall players, and Boozer didn't help his case by displaying a lack of hustle in Games 1-3 in the postseason. The Bulls are also looking to save money next season, and Gasol earns 4 million more per year than Boozer does, so this swap would not make sense for either team.

What trade options do you think are the most realistic for the Bulls?

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Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

Cubs wear NFL jerseys for themed road trip

The Cubs headed to Cincinnati in style Thursday night for their final regular-season series of the season.

In what may or may not be the last themed trip of the year implemented by Joe Maddon, Cubs players sported NFL jerseys while they hit the road and some of them are unique.

Kris Bryant went old school with a retro Mike Ditka home jersey while David Ross and Pedro Strop rocked the Bo Jackson home and away Oakland Raiders jersey:

Five Cubs players wore Walter Payton jerseys to represent the Bears:

Here is the full team picture, courtesy of Ross' Twitter account:

 

Other notables: Jason Heyward in a Cam Newton jersey, Jon Lester in a Matt Ryan jersey and the Cubs rookies in cheerleader outfits. Priceless.