Crazy rumors have been swirling the past few days in Chicago - the craziest being the Bulls trying to get LeBron, DWade, AND Bosh. Let's face it - the only realistic chance the Bulls have is to get two of the three.
The sticking point is with the Bulls cap space. They can't give Bosh a max deal after they sign Wade (or LeBron). And Toronto is not interested in Deng for Bosh in a sign and trade (rightfully so). While many speculate that Colanegelo is out to spite Bosh - this is a business and they simply don't want to take on a bad contract for the sake of getting an albatross in return.
Here's how the Bulls can solve their problems:
Looking around the league, there are a few teams that have players acceptable to Toronto for a sign and trade. The prime suspect is Minnesota. They just signed Darko Milicic to a 4 year $20 million deal - which has upset Al Jefferson to no end. They already have major issues with Kevin Love and Jefferson existing peacefully on the court, as both try and dominate the low block. And David Kahn has already expressed interest in trading Jefferson to solve that situation (ludicrous, I know). The rumors have him going to a lot of teams in the league and here's where the Bulls come in.
The Bulls can offer Luol Deng for Al Jefferson straight up. Their contracts are similar -J
The Bulls can then turn around and offer Al Jefferson for Chris Bosh in a sign and trade with Toronto. This is the most likely scenario for Toronto to do a sign and trade, since they get a younger Chris Bosh and can start over, with Hedo Turkoglu as trade bait for another solid piece.
The Bulls still have the space to sign Dwyane Wade and they would be set with their lineup. That said, the Bulls would still need time to gel and most likely don't win a championship next year, but inject some serious excitement into Chicago. The only question remains - which player goes to the Bulls??
If Dwyane Wade signs with the Bulls, and it's being reported that's where he's leaning to be close to his kids after he gets joint custody, then LeBron would be forced to return to Cleveland, since the Knicks won't offer him a team with much better talent. If it is a matter of talent for LBJ, then he should go to the Clippers - who have the second best collection of talent to offer behind the Bulls. Imagine Kobe and LeBron battling for supremacy of Southern California. But we know that won't happen since, well, they're the Clippers, man.
Stay tuned today and tomorrow, as LeBron is expected to make his decision shortly. For even more basketball info on Free Agency, CLICK HERE.