GarPax: In catch 22

GarPax: In catch 22

The speculation on the Bulls freeing cap space to make a run at a max free agent this summer has dominated the news cycle surrounded the team. The organization has been rumored to using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer this summer, and has all ready traded away long time Bull Luol Deng for cap savings. These moves however will not be enough to make a play on a max free agent, and an additional savings of around $6 million dollars would be needed if the Bulls are serious about the likes of Carmelo Anthony. Also, with their aim to bring long awaited rookie Nikola Mirotic over from Spain the needed savings is more near the $12 million level. All that before even signing one rookie from a draft they may have multiple selections in the 1st round.

The front office of the Bulls is a buzz with trade conversations as the February 20th deadline looms just ahead. In order for the team to make such a shift in thinking trades of Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy would be the minimum price to become players in this summers free agency. However, with the uncertainty of when Nikola Mirotic will make his way to the NBA and the purposed lose of Carlos Boozer, the Bulls would be left without a power forward. So with a pocket full of draft picks and blood in the water the Bulls phones ring on as NBA Gm's pitch their proposals and try to pry away a piece of the Bulls beloved core.

The uncertainty of what kind of player Derrick Rose will be post rehab number two has the organization insuring their bets, and may lead to more trades prior to the deadline. Having a star like Anthony in the fold changes the demands on Rose and protects the organization if Rose never reaches his MVP level again. Financially the team was not prepared for such a blow when Rose went down to a second knee injury and now has them strengthening their tomorrow. If Rose however returns and plays at the same previous MVP level, the organization will have the dynamic duo they have yearn for since the days when Michael and Scottie torched the nineties for six titles.

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  • I really think that the Bulls should stick with what they have. They are in position to get good draft picks, but the real prize is Mirotic. After watching a scouting report on him, I think he has the same offensive potential as Kevin Love. He isn't the rebounder that Love is, but his shooting and the way that he moves below the rim looks just like Love. If the Bulls make any moves to trade for a big name, I can't see it happening without involving Mirotic and that would be a mistake.

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    I’m with you on Mirotic, and since the Bulls drafted him I have watched as much of him as I can, and your right he is going to be good. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t come over from Spain until summer of 2015. Also, I am not sold on getting Carmelo Anthony either. I feel with the money it would cost to sign Carmelo they could build a supporting cast that rivals the late ‘Bench Mob’. I am in favor of either amnestying Boozer or better yet trading him and getting a chip back in the form of a draft pick or just cap space to build that ‘Bench Mob’ I spoke of early. This season is a wash, and I know fans are supposed to support the team, but the best thing they can do is rework the team to be more competitive long term.

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