Chicago Bulls Sign Carlos Boozer; Strike Back After Miami's Big Moves

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJuly 8, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, the Miami Heat were able to get commitments from All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, adding two pieces to a puzzle that Miami is hoping will lead to multiple championship rings.

The Bulls, however, were not going to be out-shined by the Heat, and struck back with their own move to sign one of the best power forwards in the league, Carlos Boozer.

When Miami got their two mega-stars, they looked to jump out as the best championship scenario for LeBron James; but with Chicago signing Boozer, they appear to jump back into the lead for best team LeBron can win with now.

The Bulls currently boast a squad that has Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah as budding young stars, Taj Gibson as another young prospect, and Luol Deng as a great back-up or trade bait for another star. 

By adding Boozer, they create one of the best post teams in the NBA.  It will be a system where one player can score, the other blocks shots, and both grab rebounds.

With both post players able to compliment themselves perfectly and with depth up front, the Bulls seem to be the best fit for LeBron, who grew up a Chicago fan and has given them serious consideration this off-season.

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Having Luol Deng on the team also means that they can either give LeBron a great back-up or trade-bait that can bring in a solid shooting guard either through a strait up trade or a sign-and-trade using one of the current free agents.

Even if LeBron chooses to stay in Cleveland (or go to Miami or New York), the Bulls are contenders with their current lineup, which boasts multiple potential All-Stars.

This Bulls team is ready to compete for a title, and although they will have a tough time dealing with Miami's duo and whichever team LeBron chooses to go to, they are still going to be in the mix year in and year out with this team.

If the Bulls are, however, successful in courting LeBron, they will not only be a team ready to win championships, they will be in another stratosphere and will be competing to set records.

The deal for Boozer is for five years and $76 million with the first year being with $13 million, which keeps enough money for the Bulls to sign the big prize of LeBron.

It may seem as though the Bulls are in the process of completing Plan B, but even their second option gives them a winning team.

I'm Joe W.

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