So it appears, as of now, that Mike Bibby will be bought out and end up in Miami. Troy Murphy will be bought out and end up in Miami or Boston. Rasual Butler will be bought out and end up in Chicago.
My first thought was that we're just not perceived as championship contenders in the way that Boston and Miami are. However, that thought was fleeting, and the reality sunk in, that Rip Hamilton not reaching a buyout is what really hurts the Bulls battle for scraps.
Is Troy Murphy really going to sign here with our front court depth? Is Mike Bibby going to sign on to be Derrick Rose's backup? Nope. However, we were Rip Hamilton's first choice, because we needed the help at shooting guard.
It didn't get done.
It makes you wonder if the Bulls could have pulled a Dallas/Toronto deal where we send them a 2nd round pick and 3 million dollars in order for them to help facilitate the buyout of Hamilton and in return get back some crappy player they don't want to make the trade legal.
Too late now, the trade deadline has passed. I'm also fearful of David Stern's wrath on that type of move, though Toronto and Dallas got away with it, it's clearly salary cap circumvention, and it wouldn't surprise me if some type of penalty hit us if we tried it.
At the end of the day, Miami and Boston will improve from the buyout player choices while, pending a miracle buyout by Hamilton today, the Bulls will just add to their depth with Butler, whom I expect won't see rotational minutes.
Nothing the Bulls could do about that, just a bit of bad luck that the best buyout players didn't match our needs.