The trading of Luol Deng on Monday was something that the Chicago Bulls needed to do. While the Bulls did not acquire any immediate improvements for Deng in their trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week, the team did create over $2o million in additional flexibility that the team could use this off-season to improve their basketball roster.
Much like was the case four years ago, the Bulls will once again be mentioned this summer in the courting of superstars. This summer, it is possible that Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony could all be on the free agent market at the same time.
James, Wade, and Bosh all possess the options to opt-out of their current contract with the Heat upon the conclusion of the season. It is widely believed that James will opt-out of his contract though the same can not be said about Bosh and Wade.
As for Anthony, the New York Knicks forward will undoubtedly test the free agent waters this summer.
The Bulls have already been linked to Anthony and James.
But to any Bulls fan that think the Bulls have a legitimate shot at landing either Anthony or James this summer; don’t hold your breath waiting for such a move to happen.
The bridge connecting James to the Bulls collapsed during the summer of 2010. While it is widely believed that the Bulls brass were impressive in their presentation to James, the door leading James to the Bulls was slammed shut by current Bulls star Derrick Rose. Rose refuses to engage in the Bulls courting of players, and his comments made in 2010 about the team’s courtship of James is the reason why the Heat forward will not be coming to the Bulls any time soon. Rose didn’t simply suggest that he didn’t want to help persuade players to come to Chicago, the Bulls point guard seemed to indicate that he does not want another star to stand along him. Because of that, James is not coming to Chicago since he presumably would feel unwelcomed by Rose.
As for Anthony, it is nice pipedream but that is all. And to be completely honest, is Anthony the type of player that the Bulls need? No. Anthony is the player that people think of when they hear the saying “there is no I in team.” Anthony’s chances of coming to the Bulls are about as good as Dwight Howard‘s were when he was looking to leave the Orlando Magic.
The Bulls will improve their roster in the summer, but the improvements will come through the draft picks that they have compiled.