I can only speculate about what the Bulls’ free agent plans are this summer. There’s a pretty good chance that Plans A and B will focus on players like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but there are almost certainly Plans C, D, E, etc.
I’m guessing Joe Johnson is among those later letters.
However, Johnson may not want to fly his Atlanta coop. As Alan Hahn of Newsday said: “More people in the NBA believe there is a greater chance that Joe Johnson stays in Atlanta than LeBron James stays in Cleveland.”
Johnson is a good target. As ESPN’s Marc Stein pointed out: “[The Bulls] should now be able to afford a max-level player such as Chris Bosh or Joe Johnson without being forced to trade away a veteran such as Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng or rookie James Johnson.”
That won’t matter much if Johnson chooses to stay with the Hawks. Of course, there’s no telling what is going to happen this summer.