Blogamelo begins!

Ok, just messing around with the title. It's obviously incredibly early in the offseason (for Bulls fans) and I doubt the chase for Melo will reach the fever pitch that it did a few years back with Lebron and "Blogabron", but I'd still bet there are a lot of fans like me that were just as excited about the offseason as they were the first round series with Washington (which mercifully came to an end last night).

So rather than add on to the old and congested Melo fanpost, or incur the wrath of yfbb by posting OT stuff in his beloved comment sections (which I actually considered doing, because I can't write for shit, and there's a decent chance he would've just made this fanpost himself), I figured now would be as good a time as any to throw up one of these offseason posts and get a little conversation started.

Luckily, Marc Stein of ESPN feels our pain, and did something of an offseason preview for the Bulls. Not a ton of juicy info (although I'm sure the Reinsdorf-Boozer amnesty bit is bound to piss plenty of people off.), but I think it serves as a nice primer for what's in store for the Bulls this summer. And if anyone happens to see any other rumors in the near future, maybe throw a link in here to keep things fresh (unless it's one of those "Rumorpress" things. Ewww.).

Here's a link to Stein's piece. I'll include some of the more interesting quotes below, along with a quick poll. Yay offseason!

"The whispers out of Chicago for the past month have been increasingly hopeful when it comes to the Bulls' chances of swiping Melo away from the Knicks. No one is saying so for public consumption, but quiet optimism about their chances is palpable."

"Among some rival teams, meanwhile, Chicago's seemingly minor late-signing signings of veterans Lou Amundson, Ronnie Brewer and Mike James were interpreted as a signal that the Bulls must have something up their sleeve, because that trio's fully non-guaranteed combined salary of $4.07 millions theoretically adds up to a useful trade chip in a major deal.

Let's put it this way: Despite the fact that the Bulls will undeniably have to be creative to manufacture sufficient cap space to offer Melo a representative starting salary, Phil Jackson's Knicks are undeniably nervous about the threat Chicago poses."

"But here's the thing: You continue to hear rumbles that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is adamantly against the idea of setting Boozer free via amnesty, even though the 32-year-old is finally poised to enter the final year of his contract, valued in 2014-15 at $16.8 million.

Sources briefed on Chicago's thinking say the Bulls are going to do everything they can to try to find a trading partner for Boozer before seriously considering the amnesty option."

(One bonus question we'll sneak in just in case Boozer does get amnestied: What are the odds his agent, Rob Pelinka, who also reps Kobe Bryant, urges the Lakers to put in a waiver claim for the former All-Star?)

(Actually couldn't resist one more sneaky follow-up: Would the Bulls ever, ever, ever consider taking on J.R. Smith in a sign-and-trade deal for Melo if the Knicks agreed to take back Boozer?)

On Mirotic:

"Mirotic is under contract for two more seasons with Real Madrid and might have to spend one more abroad if the Bulls' Melo fantasies materialize.

Or if the offensively desperate Chicagoans make a fallback swoop for, say, longtime Bulls target Pau Gasol."

On DRose:

"Rose is making the sort of progress that should allow him to proceed with plans to try to make the Team USA roster for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain, a pursuit that will consume more than a month of the summer from mid-August to mid-September.

The Bulls can't say so -- especially with Thibodeau serving as a Team USA assistant to Mike Krzyzewski -- but they'd surely prefer that Rose hold off on his full-speed return until training camp next fall."

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