A changing era - the latest 2010 free agency news

I know you logged on here to find out the latest on Bulls free agency news, but before that I'd like to leave you an important message.   This blog is changing ownership from myself to Mark Deeks (otherwise known as Sham from  

Those who know me, know I've been running myself ragged for months working a 40 hour a week job, two consulting jobs, maintaining this blog, working on my masters thesis, and dealing with a whole bunch of family illnesses and obligations beyond the standard stuff you expect. 

At any point, something had to give eventually, and unfortunately the blog was it.  I'll still be writing for Bulls Confidential occasionally, but Mark will be your everyday writer now, while I'll be more of a fill in.  On the bright side, when I actually write it will be much better than half the articles I'm trying to squeeze in on my train ride into the city in the morning.

Now for your FA update.
The Atlanta Hawks have theoretically lumped down a 120 million dollar contract offer to Joe Johnson.   If they play hard ball and refuse a sign and trade it will be awfully difficult for Joe to turn down that offer. 

It's also awfully difficult to stomach the idea of paying Joe Johnson 120 million dollars to match it if they are willing to do a sign and trade. 

I think it's safe to consider Joe off the market at this point, but we'll obviously have to wait and see for sure.

Chis Bosh met with the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Houston Rockets last night.   Word out of Miami is that Toronto doesn't want their players (Beasley, Chalmers etc) but would like picks and a 16 million dollar TPE.  

The Bulls can't quite offer that large a TPE if they want to get Bosh, but assuming they can include James Johnson in the Wizards deal which I've heard they can, they can offer a 15 million dollar one and Taj Gibson who's underpaid by about 5 million per year for the next 3 seasons.   All the better.

If it came down to trade package in any way, Chicago would beat Miami, but that doesn't seem likely at this point.   Bosh will choose, Toronto will take what they can get.

Wade has told associates (per Wojnarowsk) that he's recruiting big men (Bosh, Amare, Boozer) rather than LeBron James.   I don't know if that knocks Miami out of the LeBron sweepstakes, but it seems like a fair possibility.   Especially if, as noted above, Toronto doesn't want back Michael Beasley in a S&T scenario.

If I were betting right now, I'd say Chris Bosh goes to Miami with Dwyane Wade (well actually I've said this for a considerable period of time so no big change).   I'd also say that pushes LeBron to Chicago presuming we're able to land Carlos Boozer.

Getting Boozer and LeBron could be an ideal scenario for the Bulls in that a sign and trade may not be required for either one.   If that's the case, the team comes back with far more depth by keeping James Johnson and Taj Gibson.   A healthy Boozer is as good as a healthy Bosh to me, just my expectations for Boozer staying healthy and productive for 5 seasons aren't nearly as high as they are for Bosh.

No real huge breaking news yet, but it shouldn't be long.


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  • You leaving us now??? So, you know what is coming (Free Agency Fiasco) and abandoning the ship?. LOL.

    Well, thanks for the good articles and your time. You did a great job. I hope you keep the podcast running. Wish you the best!

  • Gotta say, a bit disappointed about this news. Good luck to you on all the aforementioned issues. Not quite sure how you've been writing your master's thesis, while working 40 hours a week, with a family, while maintaining such thorough coverage of this team. I'm actually finishing up my MA this summer (if I pass the comps...).

    Any chance of you re-establishing principal ownership of this blog in the near future?

  • I for one welcome our new British overlords. ;)

    Worth noting that the Bulls are also meeting with David Lee on Friday. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I'd take him over Amare or Boozer if we get LeBron and Bosh is gone. I just think he's a better fit as a supporting player, as well as being younger and with a better injury history.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    You're in the minority, but not alone.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Add one more to the David Lee minority.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Lee has my vote as well. If we get Lebron, we don't need two homeruns. Plus I think Lee is underappreciated. Not to mention he would fit in well since he already has a buddy in Noah on the team. The more I think about it I like us getting Lee alot.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    This thread would have been a lot funnier if Doug's stepping down had been presented as a scoop from JOHN'S FRIEND.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:


    The Chicago Bulls have ZERO SG's right now.

    JOE JOHNSON, who I don't want anyway, looks to be staying in Atlanta and with Cleveland on the verge of hiring BYRON SCOTT, it wouldn't shock me one bit to see LEBRON JAMES re-up in Cleveland for 3 more years. Something I predicted could happen.

    So, if those three things happen, how on earth are the Bulls going to beat the Cavs?

    The only way is by getting DWYANE WADE and CHRIS BOSH.

    As I said yesterday, I'll take Rose, Wade, Deng, Bosh and Noah vs. Williams, West, James, Jamison and Varejao. The Bulls would be better at 4 of the 5 starting positions.

    It's STUPID for the Bulls or their fans to put their eggs in one (LBJ) basket!!!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls are probably doing all kinds of permutations to figure out what pans out. One thing they cannot do is not panic. They probably are looking who needs a SF like Deng...
    It takes a few days for everything to work out. I guess the challenge is how to balance from being aggressive/proactive on a trade/signing compared to being patient and not panicking...

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Why did I know that the moment you said pay attention, you were going to talk about Wade to the Bulls?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug, thanks for all you're work, it has been a great blog and I always enjoy your work.

    But I must say you are the Brett Favre of bloggers/podcasters haha, although unlike Brett I know you are not doing it for attention.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Breaking News

    Doug Thonus signs with the Miami to blog on Heat Confidential. He joins Miami to form the big 4 with LeBron, Bosh, and Wade. Jerry Reinsdorf signs Mr. Happy to be the new host of Bulls Confidential and the Bulls Beat.

  • In reply to kbar17:


    I signed for the veteran's minimum...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug, That's amazing that you were able to juggle all of that. I get really busy sometimes to but sometimes you gotta know when Take care of your family and good luck on your masters.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug, That's amazing that you were able to juggle all of that. I get really busy sometimes to but sometimes you gotta know when Take care of your family and good luck on your masters.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    *sometimes you gotta know when to say enough...Take care of your family and good luck on your masters

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I'm in favor of Lee too. In addition, as a 6 year player, his max salary will be $3mil less than the other top free agents.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I seem to be in the small Amare minority between Boozer and Lee. I know the injury history and attitude is a concern, but I think Boozer has similar concerns and Amare is just better than Boozer. And Amare certainly outclasses Lee.

    That said, if we get LeBron I will probably be happy with any of those three.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Let me just add my two cents on Doug Thonus. When somebody asks me to point out an example of a great blog, I don't hesitate to tell them: Go look at Bulls Confidential.

    Doug, along with his crew of writers, begin with a passion for their chosen topic and fulfill their mission everyday, which is to write , share information and debate about the Bulls and the NBA.

    He's not prone to hyperbole and treats his readers with respect, even when that respect isn't returned.

    In case you don't remember, Doug dug into his own pocket in April to give away playoff tickets to his readers. He exemplifies what a great blog steward should be, and I'm thankful he's not giving up Bulls Confidential completely.

    Already, you can see that Mark Deeks is picking up where Doug left off. Here's to an easy transition, and many thanks to Doug for building a tremendous community for Bulls fans.

    Jimmy Greenfield
    ChicagoNow Community Manager

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    It's sad I won't be able to get my daily Doug Thonus fix. Ever since you came out with your first podcast, I've enjoyed hearing your informed opinions and this has continued to this blog. Even if the news or opinions are negative, it's not a baseless rant unlike others. I sure hope you sort out your personal stuff and reappear... in the BULLS front office!

  • Sorry to hear you having so much illnesses in the family, hope everything turns out well. For your jobs... just don't get burnt out from doing too much, I am sorry that you chose to give up this blog b/c I'm a big fan, but I can see somethings gotta give and I hope you come back at some point.

    Mark great to see you take over, time for your career to really take off! Next stop:!

    At this point I think Bosh is pretty sure to end up in Miami, and I keep hoping LeBron is coming here!
    Is Joe Johnson the first to commit... I never would have thought he would be the first.

  • Wow!! That's a lot of work you have been doing. Good luck in realizing that before you get burnt.

    I doubt Bosh will get commit to the Bulls ASAP. Hopefully, somebody doesn't throw the max at Boozer. That might give a pause to the Bulls.
    I think the Bulls have to give Boozer a max if Joe Johnson is getting a max from Atlanta. I guess LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Amare, Boozer, Joe Johnson are all max players now if that's true.
    Then the Knicks and the Nets have a good chance of landing one of them. Why would Boozer/Bosh/Amare sacrifice if Joe Johnson is getting a max?

  • Good luck Doug. Hopefully you find more time to write more than occasionally!

  • While Deeks has been good in the articles he's written here, I think we all can't see anyone replacing you, Doug.

    Out of curiosity, how does this affect your other Bull-activities like the podcast?

  • I've never understood how Doug pulls all this off, yet alone pull it all of so capably!

    That said, he's tried to walk away from us before . . . ;)

    Anyway, lots of exciting news. Still looks like the Bulls good strike it big.

  • I dont think that we have a real shot at Bosh anymore. I think if we can get Boozer for the cheap that would be ideal. Maybe all the money we dont already have going towards the max contract and throw that at Boozer, hopefully we can get him on that.

    I am not sure on Lebron anymore. The whole Jordan Legacy and junk seems like such Bull to me and we are obviously the best team with cap, but I wonder how Lebron figures it. I am holding out hope but I am less optimistic as I was a few days ago when dougs friend hit us with some good news. Wait and see. I think he announces by mon at the least and I feel he is leaning heavy towards Cleveland on a three year deal personally.

  • Good luck, Doug! Thanks for all the work over the years and satisfying our craving for a Bulls update everytime there was a lull in the mainstream media. I (like KC, Obama, and many others) check this blog more than daily.

    Welcome to Mark. Hope he can handle writing stuff that will actually be read instead of discussing Carlos Arroyo's assist average in Israel or Jud Buechler's juvie record.

    You're both hired when I start up an NBA team here in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Doug, good luck to you. I have always enjoyed your blog and just now have started to be a participant. I will miss your work here. As for Free Agency, I'm still not sure that Bosh will go to Miami. I do believe that Wade has given up on LeBron. I just don't think that Bosh would play on a team that won't have enough depth up front and pushes Wade out of the door. If there is no trifecta in Miami Wade won't stay. He has to have massive help. Stay tuned to this one. I have a hunch that Wade is not a lock for Miami as everyone says. If it were so, he could easily opt out and declare his intentions to stay there.

  • Doug, good luck in the future, and good health/get well to friends and family. Like I said the other day, to have so many pertinent entries during this crazy, unnerving time was just terrific. You also did some nice things for individual bloggers here, and that was cool too. Later man. Stop by some time when you can.

    This news on Bosh/Doug's take sounds somewhat hopeful to me. If he wants to go to Miami then so be it. But the fact that we sound very competitive with Miami's S&T bid and are team depth situation/attraction I would say it sounds like we at least have a chance. Unless he just absolutely "adores" Wade and the South Beach life(softy??) Kidding, sort of. I'm thinking it also sounds pretty good on the Lebron front if we can get one of the quality bigs. But things could still fall apart. It's definitely a wait and see. Everyone has their favorites on the bigs. Personally, (other then Bosh) even though he dissapoints sometimes on the rebounding front I'd be most stoked with Amare. After that Boozer's injuries and availability scares me. I hop the Bulls know/have a good idea how LeBron would rank them. Soubnds like he'd take Boozer, but what about Lee?

  • The best way to get Bosh is if Bosh likes Chicago(suppose there are 10 important points for Bosh to sign such as winning championships, roster, city, salary etc..)by a couple of issues over Miami, Houston.

    And, somehow the Bulls find a partner for a Deng trade i.e. a 3 way trade. It is very difficult but they can try. They can get some pieces for Toronto in a 3 way trade and pick up some salary for Deng. Golden State, Minnesota or even Houston ...teams like that might facilitate a 3 way trade. But for this, Bosh has to first like the Bulls

  • Sorry to hear you leaving us Doug, you have kept us Bulls fan entertained and tried your hardest to report the good stuff and the fact. Thank You. Your daily writings will be missed.

  • Doug = The MAN. Good luck in all your endeavors. Will you still be a Mod at RealGM?

  • Timchi,

    What about James Johnson? OOPS!!!

  • pity you're leaving, but glad you're giving yourself more time for more important things. plus, sham is great! good luck, doug.

  • Hope everything gets well Doug!

    The Grizzlies didn't extend a Qualifying Offer to Ronnie Brewer so he's an unrestricted free agent. I wouldn't mind the Bulls throwing a contract at him with the left over money.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Brewer is Tony Allen-lite.

  • That great to hear. Hope all goes well for you buddy!


    Dwyane Wade is currently meeting the Bulls' brass at the United Center.

    That's according to ESPN 1000.

    Mike Wilbon said, he would scrap the LBJ recruitment if the Bulls could get Wade and Bosh.

    I totally agree with his statements.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I also heard it is a standard operating procedure by teams to derail their FA process by doing such things. He is wasting the Bulls time and learning to see their detailed pitches..

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If Wade can show Lebron that the Bulls would ditch him for Bosh and himself that would be a very sneaky, clever Rileyesque way of knocking off the Bulls from getting James.

    Hopefully, the Bulls Gar/Pax/Jerry would not be this firckin' stupid. You tell Wade, "We are interested in you regardless, but we are not in a postion to cross out anyone let alone LeBron. We will speak with everyone, and then go from there. If we have the package that is right for you then that would be a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved."

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You're lying.. I knew there was more to that cough on your podcast.. shit sounded dangerous. Get those lungs fixed (I mean good luck on your masters)..

  • You don't know that. Nor do I.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Im about 105 maybe even 107% sure that we wont come out of this offseason with Wade and Bosh. We dont have enough for two maxes, and Wade isnt gonna not take the 6th year and Miami wont S&T him. Wades not in anyones picture.

    We are only interviewing wade out of courtesy to the top FA. Or maybe we are just bored. Either way its a waste of time.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    haha wow thats like saying the bulls will get kobe and dwight howard this off season. you dont know if it will happen, and neither do i.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    This blog has been my first stop for Bulls info since it was started thanks but I completely understand sometimes the juggling act has to stop. Thanks for all your hard work.

    As for the Bulls it really seems like none of the big free agents are going to make a move until LeBron does. He's holding free agency hostage.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    In regards to LBJ: If I'm Gar, Pax, and Jerry, I'm totally focusing my pitch on the negative aspects of signing the 3 year deal (or short-term) w/ the Cavs. Screw worrying about other teams besides the Cavs; everyone knows we have the best core. Rose is the best player Lebron will have ever played with, and who knows if Rose is as good or healthy in 3 years. Who knows if Lebron finds a better core in 3 years. If he really wants to win, the time is now. Focus on the now.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Take care Doug. I have always enjoyed your commentary, whether in podcast form or on the blog. You are a very sharp commentator and you really know your stuff.

    I hope your life gets easier and goes alright, and if you ever decide to come back to full time I will welcome you back with open arms.

    Thanks, and good luck.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Sad to see you go. Maybe as your swan song LBJ can sign on July 3rd and make you (and your source) look like Nostradamus. Appears that's the day we meet with him, after he sees pretty much any other suitor:

  • In reply to rorypshea:

    Doug source is a very smart man, all I'm saying.

  • In reply to rorypshea:

    Just heard on the radio that Lebron James #6 jersey is able to be ordered for the Bulls! Further there isn't one for the Knicks, Heat, Clippers, or anyone else. Lebron's #23 is still being sold for the Cavs...Hmmm

    I can't validate this since I'm at work but can anyone check this out??

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    You are right.

  • In reply to gibby6385:

    Its not there.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    They took it down.

  • In reply to gibby6385:

    Go to Chicago Lebron!!!!!!

  • In reply to mdot1986:


    Good luck with everything. I'll carry the discussion. Don't worry.


    Things will work out great for you. Stay focussed and stay positive.

  • In reply to rorypshea:

    Doug, thanks for the great work on the blog. Best wishes on the homefront. Hopefully, Mark can keep the debates going strong. The only other option is the NERF boy and the crazies at DBagaBull, and that is no option at all.

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