With the latest Kirk Hinrich injury, the odds of trading him are almost certainly toast. The injury was severe enough that he didn't travel with the team, and the Bulls went out and signed PG Mike James. That leaves relatively few assets the Bulls could move in a trade.
The one guy many Bulls fans argue about keeping vs trading is Mike Dunleavy.
Dunleavy's owed a very modest salary next season at just a shade over three million. He's proven to be a very good player. This should make him awfully attractive to a team looking to put together the final piece on a championship run.
If the Bulls can get a first rounder that has a chance with some quality in this draft, then I'll go ahead and let Dunleavy go, but it's unlikely a team is willing to give up a decent first rounder (I'm not talking bottom 25 here, but something in the 15-25 range) for him.
The thing is, Chicago's going to hope to retool and compete immediately next season, and they're going to have a difficult time finding all the role players to fill out the team. The odds of Chicago getting a player as good as Dunleavy next season for three million? Near zero. Especially with the uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose and Chicago's real ability to compete next season.
While a few players have been willing to sign with Chicago for less money based on the idea of competing for a championship, that discount will likely come to an end with three straight post-seasons with Derrick Rose on the bench.
Chicago will have plenty to prove next year to the rest of the NBA, and while I still think it's viewed as a plus destination rather than a minus one, it's not going to be on the top four or five lists of prospective free agents. Beyond that, if the Bulls go ahead and amnesty Boozer to pursue a cap space plan and trade Dunleavy, they'll have around 15 million to fill out the whole team.
Enough of that Money goes to Mirotic that the Bulls won't have enough left to pursue anyone but role players.
It's not much money given that you'll need to fill out 7 roster spots.
In short, without any marquee free agents worth pursuing [or enough cash to pursue them anyway], the Bulls will end up stuck using this money on role players, and Dunleavy already fills that spot better than most guys, with a skill no one else on the roster has, and a cheap contract.
So if the value is great, trade Mike Dunleavy, but moving him to open up cap room? Not the right move.
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