With free agents beginning to find new homes and the market starting to dwindle, here are 5 moves that the Chicago front office must make to improve the Bulls this year and over the next few years. Being able to pull the right strings and make shrewd free agent moves (even if the market is starting to shrink) will catapult the Bulls to the elite of the NBA.
I have outlined 5 scenarios that Chicago management needs to consider and pursue even if it might not ultimately work out (think about odds of landing Dwight Howard). The front office must make some signings, utilize the amnesty cut (and its not on who you think) and pull off a big trade to make the 2011 off-season a memorable one.
In regards to available free agents, let me first say that I would have loved the Bulls to sign Tracy McGrady to a veteran minimum contract, but ESPN is reporting that Atlanta has already done so. Shane Battier would have been another very nice taxpayer MLE contract, but he recently tweeted he has reached an agreement with the Heat (this is another very strong reason the Bulls need to do something big to fill the shooting guard spot with a star caliber player). Grant Hill would have also made a great addition at a very reasonable price, but it looks as though that his decision is down to the Suns or Knicks (when thinking of NYC getting Hill, be reminded of my suggestion referring to why the Battier signing increases the importance of landing a star at the shooting guard spot). ESPN is reporting taht Caron Butler has been signed by the Clippers on a 3 year $24M contract.
That free agent background being clear, I give you the 5 dream trade scenarios for the Chicago Bulls in particular order.