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Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 00:51
One of the Bulls’ potential targets found a different employer.
Reports surfaced late Thursday night that former Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota.
Roy retired last year because of knee problems, but is ready to attempt a comeback. Whether he can return to all-star form is anyone’s guess.
The Bulls were in a tough spot when it comes to matching offers. All they have to spend on free agents is the $3 million, taxpayer mid-level exception, and they can sign players to minimum salary deals. Since Roy was released by Portland, he has no current team that could negotiate a sign-and-trade.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:14
Here's an attempt to list the NBA's summer transactions (including trades), along with a list of remaining unrestricted free agents.
Newest addition is Jeremy Lin's four-year offer sheet from Rockets. The Knicks have always been big spenders and are a virtual lock to match.
These are all reported numbers and no free-agent signings will be official until at least July 11, so it is possible things could change.
2012 SUMMER TRANSACTIONS (As of 7/5/12, 7:30 p.m.)
C Roy Hibbert agrees to offer sheet with BLAZERS worth four years, $55 million
C Kevin Garnett re-signs with CELTICS for three years, $34 million
SG Jason Terry signs with CELTICS for three years, $15.7 million
PF Brandon Bass re-signs with CELTICS for three years, unknown
SF Lamar Odom traded from Mavs to CLIPPERS
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 03:29
Two seasons ago, when the Bulls were starting Keith Bogans at shooting guard, Houston offered to trade Courtney Lee for Omer Asik and the Bulls turned them down.
Now with the Rockets poised to offer Asik a three-year, $25.1 million deal, which includes a third-year salary of $14.9 million, Lee is drawing interest from the Bulls.
Houston rescinded its qualifying offer to Lee on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Bulls will make a pitch to the four-year pro, who averaged 11.4 points last season.
The Bulls can offer only their $3 million mid-level exception or the league’s minimum salary. Whether or not they match the offer for Asik doesn’t make a difference, except in the Bulls luxury-tax bill next season.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 15:24
A reader made a thoughtful request for a rundown on the basics of NBA free agency, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the many terms and rules.
First of all, the league has a free-agent negotiating period, which began on July 1. Teams can come to agreements with players, but nothing can be signed until at least July 11. That includes Houston’s reported offer sheet to Omer Asik.
Here are some terms, defined:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT: This is a player whose contract has expired and is free to sign with any team. The Bulls have three of those this summer – Brian Scalabrine, John Lucas and Mike James.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENT: These are guys whose contract has expired, but their current team has the right to match any offer. Bulls center Omer Asik is a restricted free agent.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 22:58
The whole idea behind signing a restricted free agent to an offer sheet is to come up with something the player’s current team might not match.
The Houston Rockets executed that plan well on Sunday, with their reported offer to Bulls center Omer Asik. An offer sheet won’t be official until at least July 11 and the Bulls will have three days to match.
The agreement was reported to be for three years and $25.2 million. By rule, the Rockets can pay no more than $5 and $5.2 million in the first two seasons. So the third year would be worth $14.9 million in 2014-15.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 08:13
Word came late Saturday night that Bulls restricted free agent Omer Asik planned to meet with both Houston and Portland on the West Coast, according to several reports.
The Bulls expect to match any offer sheet for the 7-foot center. By rule, teams can offer Asik only around $5 million over the first two seasons, but can tack on raises after that.
There was also a report that the Blazers were ready to give Indiana center Roy Hibbert a maximum contract offer. Hibbert is another restricted free agent.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 20:16
Yahoo.com's Adrian Wojnarowski published a list of Brandon Roy's comeback finalists. The former Portland all-star is planning to meet with the Bulls, Pacers, Mavericks, Warriors and Timberwolves.
According to the report, Roy will likely visit with team representatives in his hometown of Seattle this week.
Who wouldn't want a three-time all-star to fall into their laps? The thing is, Roy retired a year ago because of knee problems. He's reportedly been undergoing special treatments in Europe and feels ready to mount a comeback.
He was amnestied by the Blazers last year and it's been written that he will be paid the remainder of his hefty contract. So money shouldn't be a big factor when Roy chooses a new team.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 00:14
So was drafting Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague a surprise move for the Bulls?
Not really. Most of us were expecting a shooting guard, but you could have said the same thing last season when they went with small forward Jimmy Butler.
I think what the Bulls did in both cases was try to get someone who could succeed in the NBA in a specific role and not try to shoot any higher. Butler's role is defense. Teague, obviously, figures to spend most of his career as a backup point guard to Derrick Rose.
"Our philosophy is and will continue to be, if two guys are comparable and one guy can fit more of a need, then we may go that way," general manager Gar Forman said. "But we're going to go with the best talent that's available, that can fit within our system and culture."
Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 23:00
Naperville native Anthony Parker made a remarkable return to the NBA after spending six years in Europe.
But at age 37, Parker decided it was time to hang up the sneakers. He announced his retirement from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
After starring at Naperville Central and Bradley University, Parker was the No. 21 pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, chosen by New Jersey, but immediately traded to Philadelphia. He spent two years with the Sixers, one in Orlando, then found himself out of a job.
So he headed to Europe and found a home with Maccabi Tel Aviv, leading the Israeli squad to the Euroleague championship in 2004. Two years later, he returned to the NBA with Toronto.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 20:47
Detroit unloaded former Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon on Tuesday, sending him to Charlotte for Chicago-area native Corey Maggette.
The Pistons will also send a future first-round pick to the Bobcats. This deal will save them roughly $15 million in salary, because Maggette is in his final year at around $10 million, while Gordon has two years left at $25 million.
Signing Gordon to that hefty free-agent deal in 2009 never made sense. He was a bad fit with the Pistons and never averaged more than 13.8 points. In his final season with the Bulls, Gordon posted 20.7 ppg.
This moves seems to suggest Charlotte will not select Florida SG Bradley Beal with the No. 2 pick of Thursday's draft. The Bobcats are expected to trade the pick or take Kansas PF Thomas Robinson.