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Should the Bulls amnesty Boozer and trade away Luol Deng to increase cap space, they could conceivably make some noise in the free agent market.
Let's take Boozer's contract off the books and predict that Deng is traded for cap space, with around $4 million of player salary coming back. Let's also assume Chicago goes all in for cap space and lets Richard Hamilton go.
With only Rose, Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague and Jimmy Butler left on the Bulls' roster (and a qualifying offer to Taj Gibson), Chicago will have, by my calculations, $43.13 million.
That is, of course, without signing any incoming rookies. That number would also vastly change depending on what the Bulls get back for Deng, but let's stick with that number. If the NBA salary cap stays at $58.04 million, as it is this year, Chicago will have approximately $14.91 million in cap space in my scenario.
The 2013 class is packed with players that could be Derrick Rose's number two men.
Players like Atlanta's Josh Smith, Denver's Andre Iguodala, Utah's Al Jefferson, Milwaukee's Monta Ellis and even Oklahoma City's James Harden are all set to be free agents next summer.
Check out the full list of free agents available through hoopsworld.com's list.
If Chicago could sign a big name next year who can serve as the legitimate number two option behind Rose, they may emerge as a far more serious contender.