Hi, my name is Scott Ottersen, and I am the new Chicago Bulls GM.
I have been hired to turn the Bulls into a championship team, something that John Paxson could not come close to doing, and something that Gar Forman will most likely not be able to do.
I am going to outline the moves I am going to make this offseason that will turn our beloved franchise into championship contenders next season. No more hoping and dreaming for next year.
Now, since I was hired after the draft, I am stuck with the draft picks we made. I'm not saying they are bad players, just throwing that jab in there in case they don't pan out.
First things first, I will not be re-signing Ben Gordon.
I am calling the Pistons bluff and will let them go ahead and be dumb enough to sign him for $11 million each season. Have fun with that. I will enjoy playing against his 5-for-22 shooting nights four times per year.
Instead, I am going to extend a contract offer to Marquis Daniels, who was not offered a contract from his Indiana Pacers team. I figure I can sign him for three years, $18 million. If not, I will give him an extra year, but with the intentions of signing him for $6 million per year.
At the same time, I am going to offer a contract to Charlie Villanueva for three years and $24 million.
Again, if he wants another year, I can throw a fourth year in there. We have needed someone who can score from the power forward position ever since we, stupidly, traded away Elton Brand, who could definitely score.
I am a bit scared about his penchant for the jump shot and his lack of rebound tenacity, but I believe we can turn him into a low post threat, which in turn will up his rebound numbers.
I don't believe he is the exact answer we need, but I don't think I can pry away Carlos Boozer from the Jazz. And, even if I could, he would cost too much money.
Now, don't think I'm done with those free agent signings. I believe our roster needs a complete makeover.
If Portland wants Kirk Hinrich, I am going to give him to them.
I am going to send Kirk's remaining $26.5 million over three years contract, along with Anthony Roberson and Linton Johnson, for Steve Blake's expiring deal and Joel Przybilla.
Inside that deal, we clear a little over $1 million in cap space, as well as receiving minimal guaranteed money to spend in the future, with only Przybilla signed for the 2010-11 season, a player option year.
Another deal I have in the works is with Houston. I am going to send them Luol Deng's outrageous contract, Brad Miller's expiring deal, and Tyrus Thomas.
In return, we are going to receive Tracy McGrady's expiring contract. I figure with Yao Ming going down, they will want an offensive center to replace what they are losing, as well as an athletic swingman that might actually be happy to play for them.
In addition, if Deng gets hurt like we know he will, they will be used to that since McGrady can't stay healthy, either.
Now, that leaves us with a starting lineup of Derrick Rose at the point, Tracy McGrady at the two-guard (finally, we have a big shooting guard), John Salmons at the small forward, Charlie Villanueva at power forward, and Joakim Noah at center.
Off the bench, we have Steve Blake playing seven to 10 minutes per night, giving Rose a breather. Marquis Daniels will be our sixth man, being able to cover for T-Mac or John Salmons, seeing as how he is 6'6" and very athletic.
At the small forward position, we can use James Johnson to spare Salmons some minutes, if Daniels isn't already. At the power forward position, we have James Johnson, Taj Gibson, and Tim Thomas available to play. Joel Przybilla can split time with Joakim Noah at the center position.
Are you not excited about these ideas? Please let me know. I am taking your suggestions as a Chicago Bulls fan. I happen to think we can be a championship contender with this team.
Yes, we have an injury risk with McGrady, but if he stays healthy, he gives us a legitimate go-to guy every night. If he doesn't stay healthy, we have an insurance policy in Marquis Daniels to take over for him.
Defensively, I don't think we become a better team, but I think we would be good enough to hold our own with any team in the NBA, especially with our extensive depth down low and at the swing positions.
If we can't get out of the Jerome James contract, I understand that this puts us at a level of salary that we don't want to be, but as your beloved Bulls GM, I understand that winning is more important.
Besides, we will have seven contracts coming off the books after the season is over, and we will then have money to spend for the great 2010 free-agent pool.
Not to mention, we will have the money available to re-sign Derrick Rose.
Thank you for spending your valuable time with me this morning. I look forward to bringing the city of Chicago many championships in the coming years.
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