14 July 2012
This was brought to my attention earlier today. It is a possibility that the Chicago Bulls could make a huge splash in free agency within the coming days.
The Bulls have said to be targeting UFA O.J. Mayo. With that news I became very happy at that moment. If that is the case, it seems like the Bulls may not match the offer sheet for Omer Asik, reported roughly of 3 yrs/25 million by the Houston Rockets. That means the Bulls would save loads of money for the third year down the road. Asik has a backloaded contract which would put him at around the $15 million price range as back-up center in the third year of that contract.
The Bulls have now signed Captain Kirk, Kirk Hinrich, to a deal. That means John Lucas III is gone for good. The only hole now is the shooting guard and center positions. We might even need to pick up another three just in case Deng decides to opt into surgery or on the off chance he re-injures his already beaten up wrist.
This is now giving me hope.
If we let Asik go, Houston is now in a hole. Raymond Felton is now a New York Knick yet again, which means they have two guys that can play point at a very good rate. Which makes me bring up the question, is Lin staying put? If not, Houston is going to be paying a big load out in three seasons. With Asik and Lin, that is $29 million for a third year.
With the possibility of Asik going and the Bulls giving O.J. Mayo a shot it seems like the Bulls might be able to contend next season. I have heard of some people say that Mayo is a scrub. He is better than Korver, Brewer, Watson and Lucas III.
Everyone is always saying we need an upgrade. Well, that upgrade comes with a capable scoring two-guard and someone that can shoot threes at a very good rate. Which means we need another big guy down low too.
If Asik is let go, Leon Powe is on the Bulls summer league roster and would be a nice fit. Let's not jump the gun, though. We need to see how Leon preforms in the summer league obviously, but it needs to be a thought in all of our minds.
T.J. Watson is a 16-year-old sports writer from Illinois. Watson, a huge Bulls fan, is an aspiring NBA coach or GM. T.J. is very well versed in the game of hoops and has sound knowledge.
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