During the “Summer of LeBron” in 2010, the Chicago Bulls were left empty-handed. Instead of landing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, the Bulls ended up with Carlos Boozer. Boozer was a let down in every possible way.
Entering the summer of 2014, Boozer has likely played his last game with the Bulls. The Bulls are widely expected to either trade Boozer or amnesty the power forward before July.
With the money saved from likely amnestying Boozer, the Bulls will be swinging for the forces. Not only are James, Wade and Bosh eligible to be free agents once again but New York Knicks’ All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to test free agency this summer. Beyond free agents, it is also expected that the Minnesota Timberwolves will shop forward Kevin Love. The idea of acquiring Love has always appealed to the Bulls.
With neither Wade, James nor Bosh expected to leave the Miami Heat, the Bulls have already identified Anthony as their top off-season target. But what if, like 2010, the Bulls’ miss out once again on their top target?
The 36-year old Marion averaged 10 points per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks while shooting 48% from the field.
While Marion is still capable of being relevant on offense, the Bulls may look for a younger option as opposed to a player who is winding down his NBA career.