For many years now it has been perceived that star free agents are not very fond of taking their talents to Chicago. This is evident of past star studded free agent classes, especially 2010. The 2010 free agent class was considered to be one of the most star-studded free agent classes in NBA history. The Bulls were equipped with a large chunk of cap space and were linked to names like Lebron, Dwayne, and Bosh as well as many others. Although, the Bulls were regarded as having a good or possibly great chance of grabbing one of these superstars they came away with none. Although, during the time Boozer was putting up star numbers in Utah, so there is an argument to make there.
Nonetheless, the Bulls did not really come out a winner in 2010 even though they had a large chunk of cap room and a budding star in Derrick Rose. Unfortunately, the Bulls have also not been so lucky when it comes to the trade market. During the time when star players like Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard were compiling a list of teams that they would like to be traded to, the Chicago Bulls were not on either of their list. I am not saying that as a fan I wanted to see them in a Bulls uniform, I am just curious as to why a star player would not want to team up with another superstar in Derrick Rose and a brilliant coach in Thibs. Those two things alone in my opinion, should be attractive to any superstar player.
If having both Rose and Thibs is not attractive enough for these star players, how come the Bulls winning pedigree and history isn't? The Chicago Bulls have had in my opinion the all time greatest player in NBA history in Michael Jordan.They have also had great players like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, Charles Oakley, Artis Gilmore, Norm Van Lier, Jerry Sloan, and Bob Love. These players can arguably be considered some of the greatest players the Bulls have ever had. How can a superstar player not want his name next to these? How can a superstar player not want to help raise a banner next to the ones that Michael Jordan had put up?
The Chicago Bulls should be just as attractive place to play as Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, Chicago is a big market with great players and a rich history. I don't understand why that is not attractive to star players. When Chicago draft's a player(which they do well) they talk about how lucky they are to have been drafted by the Chicago Bulls. Even if we don't allure them to Chicago I want star players to say that they want nothing more than to play for the Great Chicago Bulls
Any thought? Comments? Ideas?