The Chicago Bulls are stuck in what is commonly known as "Basketball Hell". "Basketball Hell" is when a team is good enough to be a playoff team without winning a championship and not bad enough to earn itself a high draft pick. Last week, Reggie Rose's comments about the Bulls not having enough talent to win around his brother Derrick Rose were harsh, but true. Despite that Derrick has never come out publicly and criticized the organization, he likely feels the same way his brother does. Derrick wants to win a championship and so do the Chicago Bulls. The problem is the best player in the NBA, Lebron James, teamed up with two superstars, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, changing the NBA dynamic. You can love or you can hate him, but Lebron is the best player in the NBA period. The Bulls made a play at all three players in the summer of 2010. They came up short and ended up with Carlos Boozer. It wasn't for a lack of effort or a unwillingness to pay a player, they just didn't want to come here. The Bulls management knows there stuck in "Basketball Hell" and need more talent.
So how the Bulls escape basketball hell? The answer is its going to take some time. Derrick will be back on the court sometime this season. I still predict that he is playing basketball mid March. Fans had unrealistic expectations thinking that he be back in late January or early February. Derrick is only eight months removed from a injury that takes 8-12 months to fully recover from. There's no reason to rush the franchise player back from injury. Reggie Rose said that Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are great players, but aren't enough to get past the Miami Heat and he's right. The Bulls need another legitimate number two star, who is a scoring threat, to go along with Derrick. Noah and Deng are great number 3's, but are paid like number 2's. The Bulls are up against the hard cap and have no room to add right now. The contracts of Rose, Deng, Noah, and Boozer eat up a large majority of cap space. So what can the Bulls to elevate these problems?
A draft day trade of Deng, Noah, or Boozer for a high first round pick this offseason would be the best move, but unlikely. So Plan B is likely 2014. In 2014, Luol Deng's contract will be over and Carlos Boozer will be in his final year. In 2014 and only in 2014 will the Bulls think about amnestying Boozer. Sorry Bulls fans, but it's too much money to eat right now. The Bulls will also be able to buyout Nikola Mirotic's contract in Spain and bring him to Chicago. With their new found cap room, the Bulls will have to target the free agent market. Bulls management will need to spend wisely though. This will be their last shot of winning a championship with Rose. With a track record of being unable to land the big fish, John Paxson and Gar Forman will have one last shot at the championship window before it's slammed shut. The Bulls will still have to deal with talents like Lebron James and a Kevin Durant entering his prime years. So who would look good with Derrick Rose?
I have attached a link to Hoopsworld.com with a list of 2014 Free Agents?
Who would you sign? I can tell you forget about James, Wade, Anthony there not coming here. I see Lebron returning to Cleveland in 2014, but that's a different story. I would love feedback on what names look good to you the Bulls fan? Rose, the Bulls, and the fans all want a championship. Right now, 2014 looks like the only way the Bulls can get there.
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