In each of the last three CBAs, the Chicago Bulls have gotten the royal screw over. It's almost uncanny. Fear what rule happens in six years when the next CBA rolls around.
For those scoring at home, in the 2005 CBA, the new one and done rule prevented the Bulls from drafting Kevin Durant in 2006 when Oden/Durant were the first victims of the rule.
In 1999, the Bulls were poised to offer 20+ million dollar deals to both McGrady and Duncan, but the new max salary rule eliminated their chances.
What is it this time?
Inexplicably, the max contract went from two levels to one level. Under the previous CBA, Derrick Rose would have been eligible only for a deal starting around 14.5 million, however, under the new CBA, Derrick Rose will be eligible for a contract starting at 17.4 million.
The Bulls could see if Rose will sign for less, but Rose shouldn't. He's worth the full max, and quite frankly, it's insulting to even ask. However, the extra 3 million is going to have to come out of the money allocated towards other players.
Combine that with a considerably harsher luxury tax and limits on how tax teams can use the MLE, and the Bulls are effectively stuck with what they have and may struggle to even keep that together.
Instead, Miami will have all three of Bosh, Wade, and LeBron making less than Derrick Rose.
Jerry Reinsdorf will have to open the purse strings if the Bulls are to compete with Miami, and Bulls fans have long had doubts on whether or not management has the authority to go into the tax [and potentially deep into it].