In my opinion I feel the Bulls need to be extremely aggressive this offseason to have extreme success next off season, but to do this they would have to go against their own past tendencies.
First off I really believe that we we'll need to pay luxury tax regardless of projected wins this season because, this season may be one of strangest years in NBA history. Teams will be "bargaining" players closer and closer to the deadline. The teams that feel they have a shot will be dumping salary and/or trying to pick up a cheap side kick for there (hopeful) new stars and teams. The teams that know that they are a few years away be trying to dump salary, find hidden gems, and/ or that "lucky" trade like the Salmons trade. The teams that have no hope will be trying any and every thing and collect their annual lottery picks.
Here's where I think the Bulls could(if they actually understand that amare/bosh and rose alone won't beat the lakers for close to half a decade) close huge gaps between the elites and our current team. I'm not a salary cap expert but if the Bulls can sign YOUNG proven player(like Charlie Vill or Millsap) and at least sign and trade Gordan.
It would take a huge amount of pressure off the Bulls on making a huge roster draining trade. Millsap might actually be perfect for the bulls scheme and would be may more inexpensive than Amare/Bosh whom both right now at best are wishes for the bulls. I believe the Bulls could do the most damage by signing Charlie Vill though (I know sounds crazy). Okay it instantly makes our roster even more lethal, versatile, and also gives our roster great fillers for a post trade situation.
Just say the Bulls do pull off a Bosh/Amare deal we could still have realistic chances this season to compete and not just "find out what our weaknesses are". The raptors want Noah, Suns may want Noah too (after drafting Clark), both will want at least 2 more players maybe some combo of Deng, Tyrus, Salmons, Hinrich, or TIT,Jeromes lottery ticket, or maybe(it's a long shot)Ben. Wouldn't us having some after trade padding be great for our overall team experience(you know an extra year of playoff runs)? If we have to trade ty and/or Noah we'd have another scoring presence that fits well with Rose and the new star. and C-Vill could easily grow into that Odom like role here reunited with bosh, or just growing with the core of him, 1Rose(my nickname for d rose), and bosh/amare.
Like I said I don't know the caps rule in and out but I'm sure the bulls have enough wiggle room to sign someone this offseason (at least with a sign and trade of bg) which would gives us A1 Credit at least until the season opener 2011. We'd have an young competing nuclei that could trade off extra baggage to make room for a star that may come (if the trades fail b4 the deadline this upcoming season) But we would also be very competitive and loaded to the point where teams cant low ball us, and may turn the tide and become elite. The Blazers do it every year : draft young and skillful, make good trades and pursue ALL free agents that fit your team.
I wanted to type more but I'm way to beat bullsfans but I just want spark some good convo about THIS YEAR and next year, ALSO i'd like more details on how you guys feel we can become elite and /or how soon. I'll tell you like Tyrus told me (about his basketball skills).... Later!