This is something I wanted to throw out there. I'll keep it short. If we landed Amare (or Bosh or any other superstar this year or next), we would not need to be under the salary cap in 2010. That is a huge luxury that I haven't seen talked about. If you consider the economy, which has teams selling low + the 2010 superstar bonanza, we might be able to actually get a great player for Hughes or other Bulls Garbage, as long as we were willing to take a deal that ran past 2010.
We might still have to be under the luxury tax (who's knows with J.R.), but I think there are some very good players who could get traded if a team were willing to take on their salary. The tops on my list, and I think a player who would really supplement Amare would be Kirilenko. His deal is $17million in 2011 (but if all we had to trade was Hughes to get him, that would be a pretty nice deal) . I am quite aware that Deng plays SF and is our "franchise," but I would be okay if we lost him and replaced him with Kirilenko and Amare. Regardless, this post isn't about Kirilenko, just financial flexibiltiy that doesn't seem like it's been tossed around enough in people's posts about the pros and cons of trades for Amare.