When NBA fans went to bed on Tuesday night, the 2010 NBA free agency class still held its three big fish: Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. However, when many awoke the whole situation had changed, especially for Chicago Bulls fans.
Wednesday Morning (Chicago,IL)
When news broke that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would be teaming together to play in South Beach, Bulls fans looked for any takers of their now worthless season tickets. To most Chicagoans, it was shades of a free agent summer not too long ago when Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, and Grant Hill had all skipped the Bulls for other teams. However, fans forget that this summer, the Bulls have done their prep work.
Wednesday Afternoon (Chicago,IL)
When ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported that the Chicago Bulls had inked Carlos Boozer in a reported five-year deal worth $75-80 million, everything changed. People were not quite ready to buy back their season tickets, but the Bulls gave fans hope. So what does the Boozer deal do for the Bulls?
The 2010 NBA Free Agency certainly has been a color wheel of emotions for Bull's fans. Last Friday, it was thought that the Bulls had a shot at signing Dwayne Wade and LeBron James. On Wednesday morning, fans were on the opposite end of the spectrum, hoping that J.J. Redick would still be available(Still a fan J.J.). With the signing of Boozer the Bulls do three things:
1) #4 Seed in Eastern Conference
With Boozer and other role players, the Bulls instantly leapfrog several teams and are able to compete with the Atlanta Hawks as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference come playoff time.
2) Woo LeBron James
James and Boozer teamed together in Cleveland and are said to have a good relationship. In fact, sources close to Boozer admitted that he would be in touch with James trying to get the King to the Windy City. The Bulls kept themselves in the running in the LeBron James Sweepstakes and even as a long shot show how much they have invested in his services. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune confirmed that the Bulls would have enough money to offer James a maximum contract which also helps their chances.
3) Shut Out Other Courters of LeBron
By taking Boozer off the table, other teams such as the New Jersey Nets are now left with little to show LeBron. The Knicks, Heat, and now the Bulls have all made moves since their meeting with James. On the other hand, the Cavs, Nets, and Clippers have not.
The Bulls have made their final pitch to the King, if he is all about winning it is clear that Tom Thibodeau and his team is the clear option. If not, the Bulls have set up a fall back plan. While it may not be sexy, it is solid.