NBA Free Agency: Plan B Proposals for New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls

Jason Brynsvold@jbrynsvoldCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

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Now that the free agency pool is a bit more dried up with the signing of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat, teams like the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets are left with a ton of cap room and not a lot to do with it.

Sure, LeBron is still out there, but will he go to either of those teams without too much help signing along with him?

We'll see on Thursday during the airing of an hour-long special on ESPN...

Chicago Bulls Plan B

It was looking pretty good for the Bulls that they could have been able to sign both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but now that they both are headed for Miami, Chicago is left with only four players under contract.

Still, the Bulls have a lot of cap space left and have a pretty good plan B to go to.

Chicago needs to address the post position. Yes, they have an improving Joakim Noah, but they still need a starting power forward or center. They should look towards Carlos Boozer or David Lee.

Boozer has been relatively quiet this off-season in comparison to James, Bosh, and Wade, but he is still one of the top five guys available in free agency.

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He averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game last season. He could be a star in Chicago. A duo of Boozer and Rose could be one of the top guard-forward combos in the entire NBA and would save the off-season for the Bulls.

If they can't get Boozer, David Lee would also be a great option for Chicago. On a team without a lot of talent, Lee averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last year and was one of the most underrated players in the entire NBA.

It may not seem like it, but Lee is right up there with Bosh and Boozer in post talent this off-season.

Besides these two post players, the Bulls need to look at some guard depth like JJ Redick, Ronnie Brewer, or Mike Miller.

Even though Chicago didn't pull in Bosh or Wade, they could still have a successful off-season.

New Jersey Nets Plan B

Honestly, the New Jersey Nets Plan B is probably the same as their preferred Plan A: Sign LeBron James.

LeBron wants to go to a place where he can get a lot of exposure and New Jersey could be the place. There is some good talent there right now (Brook Lopez and Devin Harris), so it could be a landing spot for James.

I really don't see this happening for whatever reason, so let's look at some other options for this re-building team.

David Lee seems like the best option for the Nets to counter what Brook Lopez brings to the table. New Jersey looks like the leader to bring Lee in. That would be a great start, but they have some other options to improve as well.

There have also been rumors of a trade for the Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger. Yes, the Nets would likely have to give up Devin Harris and more, but this would be a good deal to get one of the top 10-20 players in the NBA.

New Jersey could also go after players like Udonis Haslem, Tyrus Thomas or Luis Scola with all the cap room they have (even if they sign a big name). They could still field a very talented team.

Yes, the Nets would love to get LeBron James and that option is still in play, but their plan B looks good too. I imagine they are extremely likely to get one of David Lee or Carlos Boozer, so that is a good start for them.


Even though it looks like both of these teams could be labeled as "losers" of free agency, there is still a lot of time to improve themselves with their Plan B's.