Despite having the best young core of all the cap-clearing teams, the Bulls still missed out on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. As bummers go, that’s a pretty big one. Or is that three bummers? Whatever. You get the point.
That said, the team continues to make smart moves.
After inking Carlos Boozer — finally an inside scoring threat! — the Bulls signed Boozer’s former and once-again current teammate Kyle Korver to a three-year, $15 million deal. In case you hadn’t heard, Korver set an all-time NBA single-season record for three-point shooting percentage (53.6) during the 2009-10 campaign.
And although players don’t set all-time records every season, Korver’s career three-point percentage of 41.0 — not to mention the fact that he’s never hit less than 37.5 percent of his treys for a season — prove that his accuracy is no one-year fluke.
What’s more, Korver sounds pretty stoked to be joining the Bulls.
Said Korver: “This is a great young team that I feel I fit in well with. I’m really excited about coach (Tom) Thibodeau. Watching the teams he’s been a part of, they’re all extremely well-coached. I’m excited about the city and being closer to family and friends. And having Derrick (Rose) and Carlos (Boozer) are big pluses.”
On playing with Derrick Rose, Korver added: “I have a lot of respect for Derrick’s game. I got to play with him last summer at the Team USA camp. He is so explosive and talented. I know from playing against him and game-planning for him how tough he is. I don’t need the ball a lot. I don’t try to take guys off the dribble. I’m not one-on-one. I play off guys like Derrick. And I’d like to think my game helps him a lot too. I don’t think it will take too long for us to mesh.”
The Bulls also signed Orlando’s J.J. Redick — a restricted free agent — to a three-year, $20 million offer sheet. There’s no question why the Bulls did it: Redick shot 40.5 percent from downtown last season and is near the 40 percent career mark. And get this: Last season, he ranked second in the league in Offensive Rating (123.2).
Unfortunately, the Magic will probably match Chicago’s offer.
Honestly, I was hoping the Bulls would pursue restricted free agent Anthony Morrow, but the New Jersey Nets have signed him to an offer sheet. But maybe management has something else in mind.
Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reports that the Bulls (along with the Celtics) have “serious interest” in Josh Howard.
Management promised to be aggressive in filling needs. And they’re fulfilling that promise. The Bulls are going to be a much improved team next season.