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Bulls free agency rumors: we’ll be ready if any show up

E-League team bides its time

New Orleans Pelicans v Chicago Bulls Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It’s certainly possible that John Paxson, the cuddly executive, gave the Gar Scouts and the 1-4 other people who work in basketball operations for the Bulls the whole week off. It’s a weird timing with American Independence Day on a Wednesday, why push things. They’re in a developmental league there’s little urgency.

Meanwhile, in the NBA, stuff is happening. My half-baked take is that DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors won’t matter much (I have no faith he’ll be in shape to fully complete his injury rehab), but it’s still bad that he went to an already-great team. This extreme talent concentration isn’t good, but especially so with this goofy setup where playoff seeds are divided up by arbitrary geographic designations. The New Orleans Pelicans likely are seeing an upgrade next year with smartly avoiding big money to Cousins and Rajon Rondo (who keeps tricking teams and media that he’s worth the money, minutes, and praise) and getting better younger replacements in Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton...but it’s going to be so tough to get a playoff seed in the NBA’s only conference.

And update from yesterday is warranted in terms of available cap space, as the Lakers and Sixers have pretty much used up too much room to make an offer to Zach LaVine. Not that they were rumored suitors anyway, but still those are options off the board now. Very interesting that Randle, also in LaVine’s draft class, had his qualifying offer pulled making him and unrestricted free agent...and he still only received a 1-year deal worth the full MLE ($9m). Randle plays a less-marketable position, but still that’s not a good indication from LaVine’s perspective. For the Bulls...looking just great....not for entertainment or competitiveness but from a financial flexibility standpoint holy smokes!