Chicago Bulls: What Should They Do?
The Bulls have made a major upgrade by replacing Vinny del Negro with Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.
They have Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and James Johnson under contract and that is only half of the roster.
This means, there's plenty of room for another franchise player.
But what else should the Bulls do to get back to their 1990s glory? These are their best options.
Step 1: Draft a Shooting Guard at 17
The Bulls only have one pick in the 2010 draft this year, so they need to make it count.
A SG would provide a solid backup for Kirk Hinrich, or they could put Hinrich in a sign—trade deal, and find a better free agent to play the position.
Either way, they get a play—maker off the bench in Jordan Crawford from Xavier, or James Anderson from Oklahoma State.
These guys have the ability to score and make the players around them better. At the 17th pick, you have to think at least one of these guys would be available.
Step 2: Get a Big Time Free Agent
This one is obvious.
The questions are whom and how?
It doesn't matter whether it's a sign—trade deal with Hinrich or not as long as they get it done.
There are plenty high profile free agent's out there like Amar'e Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, and Paul Pierce, but here are the best fits for the Bulls.
Choice A: Dwyane Wade
I admit that I'm a huge D—Wade fan.
The Bulls need Wade, he's Ben Gordon times 1,000, and the scoring presence they've been missing.
Easily the best fit for the Bulls, but just the hardest to get.
Miami is going to dangle as much money in front of him as possible, and maybe trade Michael Beasley to make room for another superstar.
I don't see the Bulls competing with what Miami has to offer Wade. Especially because he has already won a championship there.
Choice B: LeBron James
Yeah, I know, LeBron below Wade?
Let's face it, King James will be more sought after than anyone else, so I don't see how he doesn't stay in Cleveland, or goes somewhere in the northeast.
He's so dynamic, but it just isn't going to happen. It would be nice, though.
Choice C: Chris Bosh
I can see this happening, but I don't know if Bosh is a championship caliber player.
He's great, don't get me wrong, but he could bust as a Bull.
Choice D: Joe Johnson
This, I can see happening for the Bulls.
Joe Johnson is a prolific scorer, who proves himself year—after—year as to why he's as good as people say he is.
He isn't a max contract player, but the Bulls might end up overpaying if they really want Johnson.
Choice E: David Lee
Definitely not a max contract player, and that's what makes him so great.
The Bulls could create a duo of free agent signings, and have a lineup with Johnson and Lee.
He will play second banana to Bosh in free agent power forwards, but who knows? Lee could be better than Bosh next year, depending on which teams they are on.
Step 3: Add Depth
The Bulls only have six of 12 roster spots under contract. So one or two free agents isn't gonna cut it, especially if a sign—trade deal is involved.
Here are some guys who could fill some spots on the Bulls next year for a low price:
Brendan Haywood (maybe a stretch here)