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Chicago is your free agency loser – but they could still be better than Miami

Jul 7, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for rose and noah game 5.pngUPDATE: 6:04 PM: Part one of the plan is coming together — the Bulls have an agreement with Carlos Boozer.

Now, either LeBron changes his mind and comes to town, and they are instantly right there with the Lakers; or he doesn’t, they get a shooter like Allen or Redick, and they are still right near the top of the East. Things are still good in Bulls land.

2:22 pm: Next season, the Chicago Bulls are still going to be a good team.

Today, they feel like the losers in free agency. The team that cleared out cap space — trading away Kirk Hinrich to have space to sign almost two max free agents — yet they are coming away with none of the big three. Dwyane Wade said it was close, but that when Chris Bosh agreed to Miami he realized the two needed to pair up.

Harsh. But not the end of the world.

In fact, the Bulls could be better than the Heat next year.

The Bulls have two quality young players in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah — they are essentially a poor man’s Bosh and Wade. And they are not that far behind. And they are improving.

But Bosh and Wade are not going to have much around them. Right now the Heat roster consists of Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley, and the Heat have spent all summer trying to move Beasley but nobody will take him on.

The Heat must to build a team from scratch, basically. Maybe they get Brandon Haywood and Udonis Haslem and a nice point guard. But there will not be much depth. It will be a two man show.

The Bulls, on the other hand, have a lot cap space and maybe could sign Carlos Boozer (and not just to lure LeBron). Chicago has already started negotiating with him. Then all they’d really lack is a sharpshooter — like free agents JJ Redick and Ray Allen.

Picture that roster: Rose, Redick, Luol Deng, Boozer and Noah. Taj Gibson is the first guy off the bench.

That is a good team. One that would be better than Miami this year. Maybe even better than where LeBron lands.

  1. Keith - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    ok bulls fans first off we have only been around for 20 years so acting like its taken us forever to win a championship is a stretch….and dont be such haters, sorry bosh decided to come here, but lets face it Noah will never be in the same conversation as Bosh…..NEVER! Rose is a good up and coming PG and I would have loved it had you guys taken Beasley and we could have drafted Rose a few years ago. Boozer is a nice player and you should be happy about that, but you needed shooters last year and still havent fixed the problem, in fact it will be worse without Hinrich. You will be where we have been for the last few years 4/5 place in the East

  2. Tony - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Lmao get da F outta here with that nonsense.. They know better than to go to a garbage overhyped bulls team that barely made the playoffs 41-41… Wade by himself got the heat the 5th seed plzzzz don’t b a homer n talk giberish.. U can put rose/Noah/deng/paxson/ hell even da mascott n you still won’t get a Wade… Besides mr buss in la pat Riley is the best gm in basketball you better be dam sure he will put a championship contender on the floor nxt season by summers end.

  3. Doug - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    I think one thing rose/noah have over wade/bosh is youth. Miami better win soon because the window isn’t that big for Miami. Wade takes a beating and is getting old bosh is skilled but soft. Wade is what he is right now, but Rose is getting better. Boozer is physical and chalmers is basically a starting reserve. Championship aren’t won in July!

  4. Brian - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    i’m going to start by saying that i am a die hard bulls fan. but i will also say that i am incredibly objective, and weigh the pro’s and con’s of both teams equally. that being said…
    for starters, i wouldn’t say chicago entirely struck out in free agency. we didn’t get bosh, we didn’t get d-wade. lebron is still on the table. that aside, we got carlos boozer, a legitimate 20-10 guy. boozer plays poor defense, but that problem is supplanted by noah, a great rebounder and shot blocker. boozer also stretches the floor and puts up 20 a game, a great improvement over tyrus thomas of last season. not to mention that chicago has taj gibson as his backup, who has loads of talent and upside. chi-town still have 30 million to play with, so even if they don’t get lebron, you can bet that they will get a number of solid players and a solid shooter to complement rose. and i love how everyone is talking about playoff seeding like it mattered. nevermind that chicago was 0-10 during a stretch at the end of the season without noah, deng, hinrich, and rose (for a few games). to pretend like that didn’t contribute to chicago’s seeding is obtuse. bottom line, chicago will be much better next season, especially with the further development of derrick rose.
    on to miami. congrats to the heat for pulling bosh AND re-signing dwyane wade. that’s pretty huge for them. wade managed to bring a relative rag-tag group to a solid playoff seeding last season, and now has bosh, averaging 24 and 10 last season, to give him some help. they also have an under-rated point guard in mario chalmers, and an also under-rated forward in michael beasley. as it stands right now, it’s tough for anyone to truly say how miami will do next season, as this depends on a variety of factors. they are just about guaranteed to make the playoffs. however, this is highly dependent on how bosh’s signing works out. if they work a sign-and-trade, they give up beasley, and possibly chalmers. this leaves them with 12 spots open on the roster, and no one else other than bosh and wade. if bosh signs outright, they keep beasley and chalmers. but who plays where? beasley mostly played small forward, but has statistically been better at power forward (bosh’s spot). or do they put him at the 4 and let bosh start at center? either way, miami’s future is pretty unclear. i think we’ll see in the next few weeks how their roster shapes up.
    bottom line, both teams will more than likely be an improved version of last season. as a bulls fan, i’m delighted that we got boozer. he’s no bosh, but he’s still an all-star. hopefully both teams improve further, and get a chance to settle this debate in the playoffs next season.

  5. Dirk Simmons - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Yeah, this sucks. Miami Heat play in half-empty stadium, whereas people in Chicago actually care about basketball (and pro-sports in general). Not saying people in Miami don’t care at all, but attendance numbers don’t lie. Oh well, I guess…Have fun with Lebron and your dynasty. I am now not only a Bulls fan, but a fan of everyone that plays the Heat, which may even include the Knicks, who I hate with a passion. Go Kobe…Go Big Three in Boston…Go Orlando…Go anyone playing these guys.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    I’d take rose over Wade anyday. He’s only 22 years old while Wade is 28. And is already just as good as Wade. Noah is a better rebounder/defender than Bosh. But Bosh has a prettier jump shot.

  7. Mikey - Jul 8, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    The only way Miami is better is IF they get Lebron and you still have to get players around those three, like someone earlier said, Miami has a short window b/c wade is only 28 but is really worn down look how he barely made it out of last season and is starting to look injury prone. Im glad the bulls didnt get him, Bosh seems that he wants the Miami lifestyle and look how that turned out for Beasley and emotional wreck where he had more fun off the court. Bosh claimed he wanted to play with Lebron, but refused to play in Cleveland….HMMMM. if the buls dont get him I hope he stays in Cleveland. If Lebron goes to Miami, I am forever a bulls fan but Go Lakers. At least we can still root for White Sox, Bears, and Blackhawks…..Miami not much happenin there

  8. Really - Jul 8, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    You’d take Rose over Wade any day?? We are all now dumber for having to read that. Rose has got to be the most over-hyped player in the league. He’s good, but he’s not what everyone says he is, and comparing him to Wade is just ignorant.

  9. LOL - Jul 8, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Bull’s fans are bandwagon fans, not all of you, but quite a few of you are. while some of you are die hard a lot you are searching for the next Messiah, the next Air Jordan. Yeah, Chicago is a great team and it will continue to be a great team irrespective of Lebron (which you are not getting) but you still have NOAH and ROSE, guys your fan base and media seldom appreciates. Some of you want Lebron so bad that you are willing to name Chicago Lebron’s town, regardless of the fact that he would be a complete stranger and the new guy to the Bulls’ organization.
    Why not name Chicago Noah’s town or Rose’s town?
    Last time I checked, didn’t they take the Bulls to the Playoffs, yeah you lost to the Cavs so what? You still have great players. That is one thing I will never understand about some of you Chicago fans. You are dying to name your city Lebron’s City and you are over looking all the other great players your city has. That speaks volumes.
    If I were Noah or Rose, I’d get the hell out of that city as soon as my contract options were up. Plenty of teams out there would love to have either of those two gentlemen.
    As far as Allen, lol, the Bulls can have him. He is 35 years old and totally inconsistent, good luck with that.

  10. Seth - Jul 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Seriously????? Are you kidding??? Yeah at the end of the season you would be correct, but the Bulls would have 10 more games had everyone not been hurt all year. I think they proved that by playing Cleveland way harder than everyone though….the Cavs only had one dominant game the rest were all hard fought….if you think the Bulls aren’t going anywhere you are sorely mistaken…also Bulls fans are some of the least band wagon fans in the league look at attendance records even in seasons where the team is horrible.

  11. Alex - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Please, everyone in Chicago LOVES Rose and Noah, why do you think no one wanted to give Noah up to get Bosh? But when arguably the best player in the league has the chance to come to your city, you get excited. I know we will be fine without LeBron (were a good shooter and a couple bench guys away from being in the top 3 in the east, and have the money to do it) obviously you don’t need him to win or he would have multiple rings by now, but it would have been fun to have him here. If anyone needs to worry its the rest of the teams in the LeBron sweepstakes who gutted their already weak rosters to try and land him, if they come up empty there screwed. If I were Miami I would be praying he doesn’t land there so they have some cap space left to build around Bosh and Wade.
    Me personally as a Bulls fan, I’m over LeBron. I never really liked him in the first place, and then in these past few weeks I sold out and bought into the hype of getting “the next MJ”. I’ve come to my senses in the past few days, he would DESTROY the chemistry of this team with his sideline antics and his ego and ruin Rose’s development. Rose has already showed he will be one of the select few superstars some day (remember how he stuck it to the Cavs and Boston in the playoffs in his first two years?) so we don’t need LeBron to ruin that.

  12. ryan - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    first off bulls fans are the most loyal in the nba weve had the best attendance every year since the early 90s even when we were losing. and heat fans are kidding themselves if they think they can have bosh wade and lebron and win multiple championships with a bunch of league minimum contract players theyd b better off not signing lebron and tryin to win with bosh and wade and a good group of core players. as for the bulls rose is already an all star and noah should have been last year because before his injury he was 2nd in the nba in rebounds and top ten in blocks plus boozer is a 20 10 guy and deng gets about 16 and 6 and plays good defense. then the bulls have alot of cap space to sign some shooters and bench players and have taj gibson who played awesome as a rookie. these teams will b very close next year in the standings i expect them to b between 3-6 in the east. go bulls

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