The NBA Free Agency Market gained some more intrigue on Tuesday with news of LeBron James opting out of his current contract with the Miami Heat and becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The move is not a complete surprise despite twitter exploding when the decision was the first reported on Tuesday morning. Even the Heat were expecting James to opt out of his contract and at least test the free agency market once again.
With James on the market, the Chicago Bulls have already been mentioned as a potential suitor.
The idea of the Bulls acquiring James this summer is not as logical as it was in 2010. The money simply does not match up. James likely opted out in an attempt to maximize his value with a max-contract. The Bulls can not afford to offer a max-contract this summer.
Unlike with Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls can not sell James on the idea of taking less money in order to join a contending team. James has been to four consecutive NBA Finals and has won two of them. Needless to say, James is not going to take less money just to complete something he has down twice in the past four season. If that were the case, James would not have opted out of his contract with the Heat.
That being said, the Bulls still need to do their due diligence and at least put a feeler out for James.
But James should not distract the Bulls from their No.1 priority this summer. That priority being Anthony.
Free agents can verbally commit to teams on July 1.