It's time for the Bulls to go all in. It's time for Jerry Reinsdorf to give back to the fans after making about 100,000% off his investment in the Bulls. It's time to win championships.
However, the plugged in KC Johnson is ready to douse those dreams with a bucket of cold water.
Though nothing is definitive, it's considered less of a possibility the Bulls will use their entire midlevel exception on a long-term deal for a shooting guard because of luxury-tax concerns in the first year of Rose's five-year maximum extension near $100 million.
In Miami, the Heat are contemplating how they can ramp up their salary the most before they become an official tax payer and lose control of their full exceptions.
In Chicago, we're trying to figure out how to avoid using our full MLE in perhaps the last season we'll have the option to do so because we're scared of the luxury tax.
Now maybe KC Johnson has no source on this, and he's simply reporting based on history. However, KC has always had a tight relationship with management, and his predictions in terms of management's thinking is typically spot on. Even if he's reporting based on history, it shows that even he's skeptical Reinsdorf will change his stance.
As such, I'll still deliver my "all in" plan shortly [sorry, didn't have enough time to do the full salary work ups last night], but the thought that we're viewing CJ Watson as a SG and TJ Ford as our potential backup PG isn't a plan that improves our chances to win a title. Without spending more money, we'll sit as fringe contenders for the entirety of Rose's career waiting for a miracle.
Dallas just spent 93 million in salary to win a championship, but Mark Cuban is the best owner in sports. He will put his team before his pocketbook. He will do anything to win.
Reinsdorf? Well it remains to be seen. Maybe this is simply paranoia. After all, complaining that we won't spend into the tax before FA has opened reeks of prejudgment and unfairness, but the day of judgment on Reinsdorf's commitment to win vs his commitment to his pocketbook is coming.
The Bulls likely banked over 80 million in profit last year, and paying a hefty tax wouldn't put them in the red by any means, it would just shrink their profit level to perhaps 3rd best in the NBA.