I thought I would try to come up with a 2010-2011 roster that is both 1% mathematically possible, and would actually make the Bulls a better team than this year. Barring the plethora of things that I don't know about contractual negotiations, free agent preference that doesn't have to do with money, Reinsdorfs' grand scheme in maximizing his profit for the next 5 years, or anything of that ilk, I'm under the impression that the Bulls will not go above the luxury tax for next year.
That in mind, this is my dream scenario of the Bulls roster for 2010-2011 onward. Will any of it happen? I'd actually bet against it. Does it all make sense? Fuck naw! But it was still pretty fun for me to try come up with a 2011 squad that was pretty good. So here goes nothin'The Bulls' payroll after this season will be a little over 31.5 million. Here's the breakdown right now:
Let's say the salary cap will be around 53.6 million, with the luxury tax around 65 million. That leaves the Bulls roughly 21.738 million before they're over the salary cap. If I'm playing under the notion that the cap will be 53.6 million, the max contract a team can offer a FA that wasn't their own free agent will be 16.08 million. For my own personal preference, the Bulls offer Chris Bosh the max, and he takes it. This leaves the Bulls with:
So now, the Bulls, with a 53.6 cap, are left with 5, 658, 074 to spend. The hypothesized lineup, right now, looks like:
Bosh/Gibson( tee hee, Gibson's really backing up Bosh)
So the real question, for me at least, is what guard is a) worth spending over 5.5 million and b) would actually take it. The available shooting guards who might take that would be:
Michael Redd's owed 18.3 million next year. He can either opt out like an idiot or opt in like a douche bag. I'm sure he's opting in for 18.3
Tracy McGrady is kind of the wildcard here. I think his next contract will be dependent on how well he plays in New York. He was quoted for next year that money won't be an issue. Let's just say he winds up with NYK.
A second rendition of Salmons most likely won't happen and Peja's ETO of 15.3 million will stay in NOH. I'm sure Ray Allen would sign for the vet's minimum to stay in Boston, so he'll stay with his old team, too.
So what are the Bulls left with? My completely subjective opinion reeks of signing Kyle Korver, and if not him, then Roger Mason. So, let's say the Bulls wind up spending the last of the cap to sign Korver. Here are the Bulls now
The thing I like most about Korver is that he has a ridiculously low usage rate, along with a high eFG% and 3P% that is a career 40.7% Adding Korver might be a nice addition to the Bulls. Now, this rounds off the salary cap, but not the luxury! The Bulls have approximately 11.4 left. Unfortunately, the Bulls gave up their Bi-annual exception to Jannero Pargo this year, so they won't be able to use it in 2010-2011. Which kind of sucks. Fortunately, the Bulls still have their MLE to use. Let's say the MLE stays stagnant at 5.854; let's try and use that money to sign Mike Miller 4 years at 4.1 for first year, then Carlos Arroyo at 1.754 for first year, for 3 years (both would have 8% kicker, and an option to their a 5th and 4th year, respectively [this seems like the norm for MLE's]). This brings to grand total of salary expenditures to 59.454. Use the last money to use the Non-bird exception for Warrick, which would start at 3.6 million next year, to bring the total Bulls salary to 63.054. So, the final roster will be this
The 2010-2011 Chicago Bulls
that has a 0.0001% of happening:
I was thinking of putting up some stats, but holy shit, I just spent an hour and 40 minutes on this post. And that bench is pretty horrible. Oh well, I kinda like it.
GET IT DONE GAR!
edit: Forgot the 2010 draft pick. The 2010 1st pick for the Bulls was traded to the Bucks if they want to exercise that option (it's also Top-10 protected, which won't come into effect). So that leaves the Bulls with the 45th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. I'm going to go on a limb here, and say that the 45th pick of the NBA Draft won't have any significant value to the Chicago Bulls next year (use this as motivation, 45th pick!). And they could use the rookie salary exception to go over the cap, and still be under the luxury. I think I had around 2 million to spend.