Sportsunplugged is getting comical with this one.
source says losing Ben is apart of the 2010 net. "Gar has some promises
to fulfill to a particular, potential FA".
The phrasing "a deerfield source" seems rather amusing since it implies that they just asked some dude in Deerfield what he thought. However, since I wouldn't have flinched if they simply dropped the "anonymous source" like everyone else, I'll move past the unfortunate phrasing. Deerfield, of course, is where the Berto center is located, so it's not like some random town either.
Here are a list of reasons why this rumor is almost certainly BS.
1) It implies we're tampering with other teams FAs very early in the process (a year in advance?)
2) It implies we're so focused on one FA that we would make present roster moves to appease them regardless of the effect on others
3) It implies that we'd allow a player on another team to determine our roster this season
All three of those are awfully difficult to swallow and combined, they're impossible.
However, moving past the impossible, I always like to forge ahead, who could be the potential FA that could make such a request? I can't think of anyone who makes sense to be honest.
Chris Bosh: You'd think he'd want an elite shooter on the outside, there'd be no conflict between their games.
Ditto for LeBron James.
Now I know what you're going to say. Dwyane Wade wouldn't want him, he's from Chicago, they might actually have people close to Wade that they know, so it all makes sense! Too bad that theory falls apart when we realize Miami actually tried to bring Gordon in a year ago, something it wouldn't do if Dwyane Wade wasn't on board with it already.
No one else would have the alure as a FA to even begin to make the Bulls consider such a move (okay, I slipped back into fantasy land assuming the Bulls would start clearing out guys on the request of other teams' players to begin with on that one).
What else could we take from this rumor? Ignoring the whole tampering thing, maybe the Bulls aren't actually fulfilling promises for a 2010 FA, but rather they are targetting a specific player and fitting the roster to that player. Sure, it's rewriting what was written into a more logical way, but let's go down that road for the sake of a boring August and to fill up the rest of my morning train ride.
If they're just trying to fit the roster to a particular player, then you'd have to assume the target is Dwyane Wade or Joe Johnson, if we don't like to think small. While Wade and Gordon would be a great fit, Wade, Gordon, and Rose together don't really fit on the court at the same time, and there isn't enough minutes to go around amongst the three of them.
Which brings me to this point, if we're targetting a FA to make our #1 priority out of the three, for the love of God, let's not make it Dwyane Wade. He's the least likely of the bunch to be healthy and productive at the end of a six year contract as well as the least likely to fit in naturally with Derrick Rose. 2 guards who can't shoot, both need the ball to be effective, and both attack the rim just seems like a recipe for teams to stick in a zone and laugh at us missing jumpers all year.
I'd take Wade on total talent. You have to. I'm just saying the fit isn't great, and he's certainly not the first of the three guys I'd want on the team. Only be after I failed to get Chris Bosh and LeBron James do I start punching in Wade's number.
How long until camp starts again?