Chicago in Turmoil: Five Moves the Bulls Need To Do Immediately
Tuesday rumors have presented that the prize of free agency Lebron James is mostly likely going to stay in Cleveland. Makes sense, but not what other teams were looking for who have spent months, even years to get ready for the summer of 2010. The Chicago Bulls were the team that everybody originally thought that they would land the Lebron, and the Bulls have been doing everything possible to move into that position. It may be a lost cause now.
Chicago native Dwyane Wade reported to be interested in playing for the Bulls for another reason other than basketball. Wade's two kids are raised in Chicago and he now has temporary custody of his kids while he is finalizing the divorce. This is a factor, but the Heat met with him within the past hours creating a sense that they may have created a team with a Wade-Bosh duo. The Russian Billionaire stated that idea as well today.
So, are the Bulls in Trouble? No, but they are extremely dissappointed. I think what they need to do now is make moves quickly to prove to at least one of these three key free agents that the Bulls are for real and will be contending in the East for the beginning of this decade, whether they are there or not.
1. Sign Carlos Boozer
Sure this probably was not their plan A, B, C, or D. But Carlos Boozer can help this team right away. People say he comes up weak when it comes to playing bigger guys (Example: Playoffs vs. Lakers). However, I think it will be different situation if he can play with the defensive-minded Joakhim Noah next to him. Boozer will not be cheap. I expect he will be looking for something around 5 years and $75+ million. For a solid 20 and 10 guy, he will be worth it to add to this growing team.
2. Sign Ray Allen
Yeah, he is old. But somebody is going to overpay for him, so why not the Bulls? They are desperate looking for a 2-guard that can make shots. Ray could add instant range downtown for the Bulls. Idk how much Ray thinks he is worth, but I think he would listen if they threw 3 years/25million. I think 17 points per game and a solid defender is worth it.
3. Bench Depth: Mike Miller
Keep in mind that the Bulls unloaded their team in pursuit of multiple superstar free agents. Now that it looks unlikely, it is time to go after a couple of good contributors to come off the bench. Miller has a lot of range and has developed a good drive to the basket. Maybe he could return to the former 6th man of the year.
4. Bench Depth: Udonis Haslem
In this scenario with Boozer and Noah as your starting big men, it should be important to add depth behind them. Taj Gibson looks like a good young player that can develop behind Boozer. Adding Haslem to this group would be a great add to the bench. The mid-level exception would be what they would want to be willing to offer, and would be worth the production that he could bring.
5. Resurect a former Superstar
This might sound like a stretch, but it also could make the most impact out of all these moves. Allen Iverson wants to play again and is willing to take ANY ROLE THAT THE TEAM GIVES HIM. If he meant what he said, he will win sixth man of the year. The only rumors around T-Mac this summer is that he might be going to LA to be a role player. What we saw in New York last year is that his knees are shot and doesn't have the explosiveness that he once had. I would go after Iverson. He can come off the bench and average 15 points for 20-30 minutes a game.
If these moves go in place, this is a team that we are working with...
PG: Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson
SG: Ray Allen, Mike Miller
SF: Luol Deng, James Johnson
PF: Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson
C: Joakhim Noah, Udonis Haslem
Although this is not what they planned, the franchise still significantly improved. I see an increase in wins from 41 to (50-55) wins and can definitely begin to compete in the East.. Their Bench has the potential to be the best in the NBA .Although Bulls fans don't want to hear this, but they could also save money this summer and make another run at a top 5 player in Carmelo Anthony next year, even though he is destined to be NYK bound. Opinions/Thoughts?