Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami: Who Is Left For The Chicago Bulls?
Two of the "Big Three" are off the market.
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are headed to Miami according to ESPN's Chris Broussard and others.
It may be time for the Chicago Bulls to hit the panic button.
After numerous scenarios either had one to two of Wade, Bosh and LeBron James coming to the Windy City, it seems as if none of them will.
So, in true Chicago fashion, it is time to move on, put the pieces back together and try to make some splash in free agency this summer. Even though there is an overwhelming chance Chicago gets shut out, there are still a handful of free agents who could help Chicago on its path back to the promise land.
Take your hand away from the panic button and take a look at the best of the rest.
"King" James has not signed yet, so for the time being, he is Chicago's best option.
The addition of James would put Chicago in the top four of the Eastern Conference as long as they sign a solid player such as David Lee or Carlos Boozer.
In that scenario, Chicago would probably have enough money to add another above average role player without losing players such as Luol Deng or Joakim Noah to clear up cap space.
The question is whether Chicago looks as appetizing to James without Bosh or Wade by his side.
The Bulls organization has had the hots for Boozer since he wanted out of Cleveland some years ago. Boozer had a good combination of size and speed, and would be an added dimension to the speedy, cut/slash style of play many of Chicago's players are good at.
Add the fact that he has made it as far as the Western Conference Finals (among numerous playoff appearances) and you have veteran playoff experience that every team loves to have.
Boozer is almost a must-get for Chicago to feel a little better about potentially losing out on the "Big Three."
New York may have added Amar'e Stoudemire, but if they do not bring back David Lee, who cares if Stoudemire is in town?
Lee has been a double-double machine averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in 2008-09, and 20 and 11 last season for a pretty pathetic team in the Big Apple.
Adding Lee to Noah in the paint would arguably be the best 1-2 combo down low in the east. The Bulls have to be major players in the David Lee sweepstakes so he does not waste away for suitors in Minnesota and L.A. (Clippers), among others.
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The Bulls desperately need a shooting guard that can, well, shoot.
Allen would easily take pressure off Derrick Rose when it comes to taking daggers from behind the arc, as well as add leadership and toughness in the back court.
Allen would also be another cheaper option if the Bulls do not give out any max contracts.
Not a sexy option at the two, but Redick showed his meddle this year with the Orlando Magic.
Not very expensive, Redick could probably be had for less than $4 million a year for a handful of years at most.
Another streaky deep shot that could make the Bulls better. He made a touch over $5 million last season, but his price tag should not be going up at all.
He should be a target if Chicago wants a solid 20 minutes with a few threes made per game. He has also been clutch when put in the situation.
Nine points and nine rebounds a game sounds nice for the right price. Adding a seven footer would help the Bulls, especially with guys like Bosh and Dwight Howard roaming the east.
Haywood made a cool $6 million last season. If he comes down on the dollar amount, do not be surprised to see him in red and black next season.