In my excitement over the Bulls win last night, I forgot to give the update on the other important Bulls news. With Miami's win last night, they wrapped up the 5th seed over Milwaukee. That means the Bucks will draft 17th [and transfer that pick to the Bulls]. If Miami had lost, the Bucks would have finished one slot higher giving the Bulls the 18th pick.
The pick swap option on the John Salmons trade was enough to have some fans screaming that Bulls management should be fired for all the value they lost us, well at the end of the day, the Bulls will move from 15th to the draft to 17th. I'm good with that to ensure cap space in 2010, though with Salmons end of season play, I'm guessing he opts out of his contract anyway.
Still, no reason for the Bulls to gamble on that type of event happening or not happening. They needed certainty. They got it. You don't miss out on the biggest FA class in the at least 10 years because you're scared to get a worse mid first round draft pick. That's why those guys make the big bucks.
Start planning your draft boards Bulls fans, and in my case, I need to get my butt in gear when it comes to analyzing draft prospects.