With Wade/Bosh going to Miami, and LeBron letting us know about his fate tomorrow evening, it's time to start discussing the very real possibility of needing a plan B.
So far, it appears that no superteam is going to form out of free agency. It's possible that LeBron joins Bosh/Wade, but barring that, the East appears to be wide open in the near future, and if the Bulls can add a couple solid pieces, then they have a chance. So with that said I produce ....
Go for it now:
1: Sign Carlos Boozer / David Lee
2: Sign Josh Childress
3: Sign Anthony Morrow/JJ Reddick
I go back and forth on whether I want Boozer or Lee. I think both will be fantastically overpaid, and I'm scared of either. If you choose the go for it now plan, you need a commitment from ownership that they'll continue to go for it and pay luxury tax and things like that.
A lineup of Rose, Childress, Deng, Boozer, Noah with Gibson, Morrow, Johnson on the bench should compete with the top tier teams in the NBA. We have the most depth in the league and good players at every position in the starting lineup.
At a minimum, the team is going to be much better and more exciting. It's probably a 50+ win roster.
If Rose becomes a superstar, this team would have title potential.
Might be difficult to pull off, I'm not sure how much Childress is going to go for this off-season, and we may not have enough money to pay a shooter after getting him and Boozer.
The team probably doesn't have enough to win a title unless Rose becomes a top 3 player.
It could be in extraordinary cap hell by overpaying Boozer/Childress especially with the new CBA coming.
Wait till later plan:
Now waiting till later seems easy enough, just don't make signings, however, that's not really practical. The team would be a broken mess, and someone needs to come in to fill in those spots. The Bulls need to do something still even if they want to keep flexibility going forward.
1: Sign Ray Allen to a three year 45 million dollar deal, with only two years (30 mil) guaranteed, the third year has a guarantee date in September.
2: Sign Brad Miller to a two year 20 million dollar deal, with only the first year (10 million) guaranteed, the second year has a guarantee date in September.
3: Sign cheap short term role players to fill out the roster.
1: Team comes back with enough to still make a low level run at the playoffs (not extreme blow up and lottery watch)
2: Non guaranteed contracts in 2011 and 2012 basically act as cap space in a trade situation while allowing us to extend Noah/Rose giving us the ability to work highly favorable trades while still having useful roster players.
1: Team will be disappointing next year
2: No real clear path to get better in the future, just hoping for something to fall in our lap
Which backup plan do you subscribe to? Both are almost destined to fail to produce a title. However, that's true with all plans. I think plan 2 is more likely to win one than plan 1, but plan 1 is certainly going to deliver a lot more short term excitement.