Man, the 2012-13 season has brought some serious changes to the free-agent class of 2013.
Of course, the biggest change being that one of the best of the free-agent class, James Harden, has already signed a 5-year, $80 million extension with the Houston Rockets.
Kevin Martin is also doing very well in his role with the Thunder, so it would appear that he'll stay with them—although, his price range could give the Thunder the same problem that Harden's did.
DeMar DeRozan signed a 4-year contract with the Raptors at the beginning of the season, so that puts him out of the picture as far as being a free-agent acquisition goes.
Paul Millsap became interesting recently when it was reported that the Jazz have decided to trade him and/or Al Jefferson before the trade deadline.
Also, O.J. Mayo signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Put simply, all of that leaves just Josh Smith, Monta Ellis and Tyreke Evans the same as they were on my original list. Time for an update.
**End of Update (1/2/2013)**
The Chicago Bulls are being forced to undergo substantial roster overhauls—we just haven’t seen the final outcome of them yet.
It began when Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs. No need for a history lesson, we all know that day was basically the worst.
As soon as it was discovered that he would miss a chunk of the 2012-13 season, Chicago management needed to find his replacement. CJ Watson simply wasn’t enough to take over for the best point guard in the league.
Kirk Hinrich was the obvious choice, being that he was already familiar with the system, as well as a great fit for the team—even when Rose returns.
The rest of the roster changes were for a very specific purpose as well, which was to loosen up the budget. Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, John Lucas, Omar Asik—all replaced at lower prices, and more manageable contracts. Win/win for the Bulls.
It’s never easy to go into a season knowing that your team likely didn’t make the moves necessary to win the championship, but the Bulls are now set to make huge waves in the 2013 free agent market.
While shooting guard is perhaps the most pressing issue for the Chicago Bulls, the power forward position has proven to be a problem for the Bulls for the last two seasons.
Carlos Boozer is in no way a weak player, but his style doesn’t fit in with the Bulls. Even if it did, he hasn’t yet shown that he can be used as a major offensive weapon for the Bulls.
While that alone doesn’t represent a pressing issue, what makes Boozer a liability for the team is his salary.
Assuming that Carlos Boozer gets amnestied next year, the Bulls suddenly have $15,000,000 to spend on a new guy. Not too shabby. Richard Hamilton is also in danger of losing his position, seeing as how he impressed nobody with his injuries last season.
The Bulls have more free agent options next season than they did this year, so I’ve selected the top eight that I would like to see come to Chicago.