This is the team I really, really wanted to root for this season:
6th: Deng (getting about 35 minutes a night, spelling Rose/Wade/Lebron).
7th: Asik (Getting about 30 minutes a night, spelling Gibson/Noah).
If Lebron and Wade were willing to take the same below-max-salary contracts that they ended up taking in Miami ($14M and 14.5M, respectively), that team could've been fit under the cap.
Those seven players are so good, you could fill out the rest of the roster with league-minimum vets and still run through the rest of the league. In the playoffs, you'd only need those seven men.
That would be the best defensive team in the league, by far. They would also lead the league in fast-break points and free throws.
That team would've won 70 regular season games.
That team would have the potential to run off 5 straight championships.
Instead, the Bulls ended up using all that cap space on Korver, Boozer, CJ Watson, and Bogans. Literally, the combined salary of those four guys is almost exactly the same as what Lebron and Wade are making this year.
I am not mad at the Bulls for this, because they obviously attempted to sign both Lebron and Wade prior to settling for Boozer and the "little 3".
But I lament that we, as basketball fans, didn't get to see what I believe would've become the greatest basketball team in NBA history, with 3 of the league's top 5 players on the same team.