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Chicago Bulls roster and salary cap: where we stand after the flurry of the weekend

Jonathan Daniel

So, quite the weekend: Melo makes obvious choice obvious, Bulls rebound with acquisition of Pau Gasol, then made agreements with their 'own' free agents Nikola Mirotic and Kirk Hinrich. Another of their own, DJ Augustin, signed with the Pistons.

It leaves conflicting emotions of 'pretty good' but yet also: 'that's it for the 2014 plan?'

It appears it is, given the terms we've heard about these agreements.

(can't lie, mostly embedded that because I liked the idea of the Bulls being 'tricky')

Nothing is signed, yet, so this is all still unofficial. But it's pretty much certain that there's no last-minute sign/trade coming (not to mention the difficulty in the Lakers holding off their signings to facilitate a Gasol trade), and that the Bulls will Amnesty Carlos Boozer, go under the cap, and make these signings with cap space and the room exception.

As for the terms, here's what we think we know, a lot courtesy of HoopsRumors.

KC Johnson reports that Anthony Randolph could be traded for more perimeter help, but with his salary being under $2m that probably wouldn't get you much, and would either require taking on longer-term salary or including an asset.

In fact, as Kevin Anderson of CSNChicago.com points out, the reported figures for Mirotic and Gasol suggest starting salaries that necessitate moving Randolph from the roster for nothing.

[UPDATE by your friendly BullsBlogger, 07/14/14 3:41 PM CDT: And here we go: Anthony Randolph has been dealt to the Orlando Magic, and we gave them 2 second-round picks for the trouble ]

Beyond that, the Bulls will only have the minimum salary exception at their disposal to fill out the roster. Making some assumptions (and thanks as always and ever to Mark Deeks), here's how the roster will likely look opening night, assuming that both Smith and Randolph will need to be dumped to give more money to Gasol and Mirotic.

Rose $18,862,876
Noah $12,700,000 includes likely incentive
Gibson $8,000,000
Gasol $7,100,000 estimate
Mirotic $5,630,412 estimate
Dunleavy $3,326,235
Hinrich $2,732,000
McDermott $2,277,960 120% of rookie slot
Butler $2,008,748
Snell $1,472,400
Bairstow $507,336 assumed rookie minimum
MinimumDude $915,243 assumed vet minimum
Hamilton $333,334 waived salary, not on roster

The Bulls are far away from the tax in this scenario (crazy, right?) so they probably would sign more than the single vet minimum guy and have a 13-15 man roster for once.