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Bulls finally make free agency move, sign Vladimir Radmanovic

Jul 19, 2012, 12:45 AM EDT

Vladimir Radmanovic AP

This is not exactly the free agency splash Bulls fans were hoping for.

The Bulls have agreed to a one-year deal with Vladimir Radmanovic, a story broken by Dave Kaplan of The deal will be officially announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not yet known but if it is any more than the veteran minimum GM Gar Forman should be run out of town.

While other contenders have gotten better through free agency — Miami signing Ray Allen, the Lakers getting Steve Nash, and so on — the Bulls have stood flat footed this summer. No doubt the Bulls have been a very good regular season team the past couple of seasons, there are serious doubts about whether they could beat the Heat in a seven-game series. They need to find a way to take more of the scoring load off Derrick Rose and diversify the offense a little.

Radmanovic does not do that. The 11-year veteran gave the Hawks a below-average 15 minutes a game last season. Now, he did shoot 37.6 percent from three last year and is a career 41 percent from beyond the arc — the Bulls can certainly use floor-spacing shooters. But that’s about all Vlad Rad does any more (nearly ¾ of his shots last year were from beyond the arc). It will be interesting to see how Tom Thibodeau deals with him on defense.

So congrats Bulls fans, you’ve made a free agent move. Just not exactly like the ones you wanted.

  1. fballlvr22 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    what did you expect them to do? they screwed themselves with Boozer. They have 41+ mil left to pay him, so obviously amnesty is not a viable option as of now. Deng needs to get paid, unless they try to move him next year. They have to re-sign Taj, otherwise Bulls fans (like myself) will be outraged. Next year they are going to have to get rid of one of the three (if not more) Noah, Deng, or Boozer. Especially if they want to bring Nikola Mirotic over finally. They needed some scoring off they bench and hopefully this is a help. For one year and hopefully not a large some of money, with many free agents gone, I like it.

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      Couldn’t agree more but, I was hoping for someone younger than Vlad. You can’t create miracles without cap room.

      • gl2006 - Jul 19, 2012 at 6:41 AM

        You can’t?? The Heat signed Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis without cap room. The Lakers had no cap room and figured out a way to get Nash.

    • ditkasausagebears - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Boozer amnesty is totally viable. Say they have $45 million left to pay, some other team is going to pay him $7-8 million for two or three years. Thats anywhere from $14-24 million gone off of that $45 million. To have to pay him $21-31 million over seven years (Contract length plus 1 is how many years to pay the salary) is really not bad. $3-4 million a year.

  2. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    It’s a one year deal. Everyone knows the bulls won’t win this year without a 100% healthy Rose. Bulls just have to wait out the injury like we did the year Jordan was hurt. Btw that situation ended up turning out pretty well.

  3. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Its only a one year deal. Everyone knows this year is a wash. Just have to wait till Rose is 100%. Just like the year Jordan was out. If I remember right that turned out pretty well.

  4. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Why is my post not on here?

  5. chiadam - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Stubborn, chickensh*t move by the Bulls. Completely predictable. I’ve never seen a team so afraid to admit that they’re not good enough. So, instead of trying to get better, the cowardly-lion Bulls use Rose’s injury to punt for two years. Just wait until they match that stiff Asik, which opens the door for Taj to leave in a year.
    As far as Miritic, think 2017. He just signed an extension.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      What move should they have made this year, seriously? What move makes them a contender without putting them in salary cap hell for what is essentially a throw-away season? Another uneducated, knee jerk reaction by an arm chair fam.

      • chiadam - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Listen up, dickhead. There were moves to be made. Do they involve the tax? Yes. And any team that wants to win a title will pay the tax. This is how the Bulls have ALWAYS operated (see: Reinsdorf vetoing the Gasol trade because they’d be in the tax), and if you don’t recognize that, YOU’RE the uneducated fan. Done with you now.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        What you don’t seem to be understanding is that there was no point to making moves this season when Rose won’t likely be back at a full 100% until the 2013-2014 season. Every additional year that the salary is over the cap, the luxury tax hit increases. So why start early? Sure they could’ve make some moves and went over the cap, but for what? They won’t win until Rose is 100% healthy, not just on the court. Like it or not, this year is a wash, they’re going to tread water and hope to make a splash after this upcoming season.

        It’s real easy to sit back and say that the FO is cheap for not splurging this offseason, but that is so incredibly shortsighted. Why not wait a year before taking luxury tax hits? After this season, Boozer will be amnestied, rip will be gone and the bulls can have some flexibility. There is zero point to going over the cap if there is no chance to win.

        And please, take a deep breath and stop being so damn dramatic over a basketball blog’s comment section.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      What move should they have made this year, seriously? What move makes them a contender without putting them in salary cap hell for what is essentially a throw-away season? Another uneducated, knee jerk reaction by an arm chair fan.

      • ditkasausagebears - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Deng is worth the money, but DRose won’t be fully healthy (like CP3 wasn’t) until the 2014-2015 season. It takes two full seasons to get fully healthy. That is when the Bulls want to “reload”. Reloading now makes more sense so there is continuity by that season and the Bulls are ready to win. What the should have done is:

        1) Amnesty Boozer
        2) Trade Deng and the 2013 first round pick (17-20 or bottom lottery) to the Warriors or Kings for their 2012 first round pick
        3) Draft Harrison Barnes
        4) Trade 2012 first round pick (29) and 2015 first round pick to the Grizzlies for their 2012 first round pick (25)
        5) Draft Perry Jones III
        6) Sign Kirk Hinrich
        7) Sign OJ Mayo Try to Sign Jeff Green
        9) Exercise option on Kyle Korver
        10) Extend Taj Gibson

        This gives you a team of: Rose, Mayo, Barnes, Jones III, Noah, Hinrich, Rip Hamilton, Korver, possibly Jeff Green, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Scalabrine.

        Ideally, this has a total salary the next years of about $61 million dollars. It is athletic, can spread the floor and full of assets that they can trade at any time for picks or another player. Mayo and Barnes can score 18-20 a night. There are tons of shooters, ball handlers, and Jones III is much taller, and more athletic than Boozer. Ideally Jeff Green can bring flexibility and can spread the floor. Not heavy minutes on any one player.

  6. joshm5683 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Best comment I saw last night on Twitter “The Bulls have used their amnesty clause on their fans”

    Seriously though I feel for Bulls fans, living around the city and going to the United Center there was electricity and excitement. Now it all comes toppling down on them. The harsh reality is their management has always been opposed to paying the luxury tax, and that was BEFORE there was the repeater penalty. Bulls fans tried to trick themselves into thinking they would pay the tax and now get their hearts ripped out and the Mexican hat dance done on top of it.

  7. charlescub80 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    It’s just a one year deal. Everybody knows Chicago doesn’t have a chance without Rose at 100%. Just have to wait a year just like when Jordan was hurt. If I remember correctly that worked out pretty well in the end.

  8. louiespoon - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    The Euro signed an extension… silly on his part. I see Deng being replaced by Butler, Booz getting amnestied or traded after next season. Backup center and guard are the only gaping holes right now…

  9. pglive21 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Haha, I think the Hawks got the better of the Korver – Radmanovic switcheroo. I can see that the Bulls are trying to save money but beyond Deng their wing players are, let’s just say, less than impressive.

  10. skinsfanwill - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    This move was just dumb. I don’t care how much money they are trying to save. They could amnesty Boozer (let’s face it, he’s a bum when the spotlight is on him), sign a good quality 2 guard that isn’t injury prone (and there are tons out there), and be in contention the next few years. How can you NOT find a decent 2 guard in this league today? But to sign Radmanovic? “C’mon man!”

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