Mike McGraw dropped this bombshell on the Bulls fan base
By adding to their pile of assets and expiring contracts, the Bulls are
hoping to be in position to get Toronto's Chris Bosh at the trade
deadline or next summer. There may be other targets, such as Carlos
Boozer or Amare Stoudemire.
That raises another question: If the
Suns have discussed moving Stoudemire to Golden State or Houston, why
aren't the Bulls getting involved? They probably would if Stoudemire
agreed to a contract extension worth $14-15 million per season. The
Bulls don't want to make the trade and then pony up $20 million per
when Stoudemire becomes a free agent next year. They'd feel better
paying Bosh that kind of money.
This doesn't take the Bulls completely out of the running for Stoudemire, but it probably ends the chance of them trading for him and signing an extension at the time of trade. It also makes it unlikely that the Bulls sell the farm to get him if they won't immediately extend him. More or less, it makes the Bulls a long shot even if Amare is traded.
I'm okay with that. For all of Stoudemire's upside, I'd be scared to death about having him on a six year 115 million dollar contract which is roughly what he'd have at a max extension. His play was horrible last year, and he now has two significant injury concerns with the eye and with the knee.
On top of that, he played poorly last season relative to what he has past performance. His PER dropped seven points, his shooting percentage dropped 5%, his rebounding percentage dropped 2.3% from the previous season and 5% from his career highs (though that was due to Shaq most likely).
He may have just been fed up with the situation, but he clearly wasn't a guy trying hard. He may be the Vince Carter of PFs in that sense. I would understand grabbing him and maxing him out to keep him, but I also understand staying away from him at that price. It could completely doom the next six years if it doesn't work out.
That being said, it seems awfully unlikely we'll have the horses to get Bosh in a trade so expect the Bulls to enter this upcoming season in similar position to where they are now.