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 Shamsports.com).
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.