This time of year is usually one of my favorite parts of the summer. The Finals are over, the NBA off season begins, the NBA draft, the story-lines of who is going where and who has the proper cap space. You get the idea. Although as a Chicago Bulls fan I can’t help but feel a little..well..left out in the cold. I’ve expected the Bulls front office to make some moves, and I’ve kept faith in them bringing in the right people, which for the most part they have…kind of. So I asked myself"what is it about the Chicago Bulls that has big time all star talent shying away from?" Is it the shadow of Michael Jordan? Is it the cold-cold winters of Chicago? Is it the state income tax?Is it D Rose & his recent comments/non-comments about Free Agency? All these scenarios are likely to be half truths, you know its like insert "buzz word" here to keep top FA out of Chicago but all in all, a half truth is just a lie and its all B.S. I’m not sure what the reason is, I don't think any body knows,all we can do as fans is speculate and come up with different conjectures about the bad luck of the Bulls in the FA market and how their top signing is always the Mike Dunleavy's of the world. (no Offense Mike)
I’ve heard about bad blood or a lingering disgusting odor around the Bulls and how Jerry Reinsdorf treats his players. This is a lie; he paid Jordan 30 million a year when that type of contract was totally unheard of in the late 90s. Seriously can we stop and think clearly? Did Chris Paul think about playing for Sterling? No, he was like its L.A. its playing alongside Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. To think that players would not come to Chicago to play for the Bulls because of Reinsdorf is absurd. I mean think about it. As a player you’re not saying "Boy I want to play for Jerry Reinsdorf!" NO you’re saying "I want to play with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Coach Thibs."
So here is what I’m getting at, four years ago the Bulls were an up and coming team who did their best in recruiting the 3 used prophylactics that are in Miami. Wade, James and Bosh ALL knew that they were going to Miami but, they humored Gar/Pax anyway. To me that was more of a spit in the face, if you don’t want to be a Bull don’t bother coming to town. So... we were forced to settle for the Carlos Boozer. This time around I think the Chicago Bulls have a better chance. Coach Thibs has without any doubt established himself as the best coach in the NBA. Derrick Rose looks healthy and all reports out of L.A. (where he is rehabbing) say he is back to full contact game speed. Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Joakim Noah have all made exceptional improvements to their skills on the court. The other remaining role players have yet to really fill out the roster but the 4 starters right now are very solid. After the drafting of Doug McDermott on Thursday it appears that Dunleavy more than likely has seen his last days in Chicago, which again would free up more cap space in any type of sign and trade deal involving Melo or Love. The trick is to find a team willing to take on Boozer and his "overloaded diaper" contract.
I believe that Gar Forman will get this done. I know in the past I haven’t been kind to the Bulls brain trust and have criticized them both publicly and privately (to my investors) and it’s been well deserved. After the draft last Thursday I’m convinced that the Bulls will go all out for improving this team at any cost necessary. Not that I’m completely sold on Doug McDermott, but the fact that the Bulls made the trade in the 1st place was the shocker. I wasn’t expecting a trade, but if you remember in one of my earlier posts this year I thought the bulls should trade those picks to move up into the lottery and they did it, they actually made a move. I hope Gar Forman continues to read my posts on here and takes to all my great advise, because let’s face it I should be getting paid for this.(hahaha)
To summarize I believe the Bulls off-season will be a memorable one and we are going to see things that we have never seen a Bulls management team pull off before. Thanks for reading and keep up the good work everyone.