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.