Bulls Free Agent Rumors: Bulls have been in contact with Derek Fisher, Brandon Roy. Hinrich is 'top target'

I don't always add pictures to my posts, but when it's obviously nightmare-fuel it's sort of mandatory. (Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE)

From an ESPN.com local tag team of Nick Friedell and Ramona Shelburne (L.A.):

In their quest to find a veteran point guard, the Chicago Bulls have been in contact with Derek Fisher, and they've also contacted shooting guard Brandon Roy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

It was widely assumed that Fisher would quietly re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after essentially choosing them over several contenders following a midseason trade from the Los Angeles Lakers and buyout from the Houston Rockets.

Fisher, 37, is also on the radar for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Thunder.

Derek Fisher is washed up and shouldn't be given consideration for a the heavy role that's expected by a team with one point guard injured most of the year and the other a 19-year old rookie. But, like my reaction to the targeting of Willie Green news earlier on Monday, this is the caliber of player the Bulls are looking at with their current (self-imposed) constraints. When you may not have a competitive offer to convince 'top target' Kirk Hinrich that an easy commute to Deerfield is worth it, and may have to let John Lucas III go in the free agent market.

Forman underscored how little influence the Bulls can have on the market and the need to sign veterans to mostly minimum deals when he said calls "will continue throughout this week and possibly a lot of the month."

Looking at the Bulls cap situation for the upcoming year, even letting Asik walk (which seems likely) allows them only around $3m before they'd hit the expected luxury tax threshold (assuming a few vet minimums for the rest of the roster). And they're reportedly still under that figure in their offer to Hinrich, let alone what Brandon Roy will likely command.

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