Free Agent Watch: Okay, okay, we get it already…

…Dwyane Wade wants to stay in Miami. But apparently there are a few clubs that might be able to lure him away from the Heat. He’s mum as to which squads those might be, but they exist. As far as we know.

Said Wade: “Its not a huge window at all. It’s a small gap. You have to always keep your book open for your options and look at different things. But no, I’m not that open where I would go anywhere and would want to be almost anywhere. I’m accustomed to a great organization. It’s not many organizations that are of that caliber, not saying any names.”

Great organizations? Hey, as long as Dwyane doesn’t mind miserly owners and shoving matches between coaches and team VPs, then the Bulls are golden!

Aw, crap.

However, as Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald pointed out, the Bulls are putting on a nice audition for free agents. Despite injuries, internal strife, what appears to be a lame duck coaching situation and the fact that management let Ben Goron leave and then sent John Salmons to Milwaukee, Chicago has been surprisingly competitive in their first two games against the Cavaliers, who just happen to be the best team in the league.

Meanwhile, the slumping Celtics — minus Kevin Garnett, who was serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson — put a good old-fashioned butt-whupping on the Heat the other night.

C’mon, Dwyane, admit it. Wouldn’t it be nice to play with the blooming Derrick Rose and recently arrived Joakim Noah, not to mention Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich? Stop waiting for Michael Beasley to step up. And…and look: Chicago-style pizza! Mmmmm!

Okay. I’m done pitching.

Regarding when he might make his final decision, Wade said: “I don’t think it would be that soon (first week in July). It’s kind of soon. Do I think it will be a long, drawn-out process? I have no idea, because I’ve never been in this situation. I don’t know what to expect. I know what I like. I don’t know what I would want yet.”

By the way, Byron Scott wouldn’t hang up on the Bulls if they called him about a coaching job this summer. Whew. That’s a relief.

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19 Responses to Free Agent Watch: Okay, okay, we get it already…

    bullsfandom April 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    Don’t know if you saw it, but in the Tribune today there is an article about how much Lebron loves Chicago and likes to vacation here. (In the article he also claims to be sincere and that he isn’t saying that to counteract Joakim’s statements about Cleveland).

    It also mentions a source close to Lebron that says he he is keeping all of his options open for Free Agency.

    Take that for what its worth.

    Kasey April 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Lebron would be a great fit! He loves Chicago, and he would be able to get that championship he will never get with the Cavs.

  3. Mahmoud April 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    I hate LeBron after what he did to the Bulls on Monday…that’s just inhumane man.

    bullsfandom April 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Here is hoping that we can trade Deng and 2 Number 1 picks for a Maxed Contract Lebron so we can still pursue somebody like Boozer, Lee, Joe Johnson, etc.

    bullsfandom April 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I dislike him more for the same stupid antics that Joakim was getting on him for earlier in the season. Monday he just did what any superstar should do and willed his team to victory in a playoff game – have to respect that.

    Bobby April 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I can’t stand Lebron. When has their ever been a player who we called a superstar that had the nerve to dance on the sidelines during a win. When have we seen a player who after every dunk needed to pose for the home crowd or stare down the away crowd. This guy is the most unsportsmanlike player that I have ever seen when it comes to respecting the game and the opponent. I hate Lebron and if the Bulls get him I will no longer be a fan of this team. Although I’ll still be a Derrick Rose fan. Best scenario for me: Bulls get Joe Johnson and by some miracle Bosh or Wade too and Lebron stays in Cleveland so that the Cavs never beat the Bulls again in the playoffs. Then the Cavs lose this year to the Magic or Lakers and Lebron ends up never winning a championship. It’s a dream come true.

    inkybreath April 23, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    Bobby – I have a limit for that kind of behavior and I am in no rush to have him on my team. But, I respect that he is allowing himself to be young and enjoy these moments. Not to mention, you can’t say, “when has there ever been ….” – as it does not pay any respect to how the culture, media and sports presentation have changed over time. If you compare him to the behavior of the last decade, it is not so stark, in my opinion.

    bullsfandom April 23, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Seriously. He is not A.I. talking about ‘practice’. He is just having fun out there for the most part, which is frustrating because I think everybody would prefer him to be a killer assassin like Michael was.

  9. Some dumb motherfucker April 23, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    You’re dumb as hell if you don’t want Lebron. He is by far the best player in the game right now. Bulls would be unstoppable with Lebron. Look at the way he played the last two games, the Bulls as a team way outplayed the Cavs. Lebron alone won one game and made another close. Imagine what he could do with a starting lineup of Rose, Hinrich, Noah, a mid level free agent maybe David Lee, and Gibson coming off the bench. I got a stiffy just thinking about it.

    david April 23, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    horns —

    do you really think d-wade would be a good fit for bullies? i love the man, been watching him since early college days since i’m a longtime marquette fan, but i don’t think he’d work on the bulls. why? because him and rose are very nearly the same player — both need the ball in their hands to control the game. think about it, how often do you see wade or rose hit spot-up jumpers? doesn’t happen very often. they are both guys who get into the lane with ease and wreak havoc. we don’t need dwayne wade because, in essence, we already have him. his addition wouldn’t give us much. two dominant, super-quick and athletic combo guards (point/shooting) on the same team just isn’t a good idea.

    so i say go for kevin love, david lee, joe johnson. lebron’s gonna win the title and i really don’t want amare either — i’ll take him if we get him, but he doesn’t play D and his offense, though explosive, is inconsistent.


  11. suave April 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    lebron will be a bull chicago is a big market city imagine the endorsments he wil have in chicago. “MO MONEY” “MO MONEY” “MO MONEY”

    luvabullnj April 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    “Hey, as long as Dwyane [or any free agent] doesn’t mind miserly owners and shoving matches between coaches and team VPs, then the Bulls are golden!”

    With the Bulls playing well enough to make the playoffs and generating some excitement, would Reinsdorff really spend the money on a Max FA? My guess is the Bulls are not going after LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Boozer, or Johnson. If Suns make some noise (reach conf. finals), Amare’ will stay put.

    That leaves us with David Lee as FA, which I can live with. He’s a scorer and a great passer which is all we need him to do on this team. Or Kevin Love and/or Al Jefferson with a trade and I’d be fine with either. With the development of Rose and Noah, I am starting to believe, we don’t need to sign malcontent Max All-Star.

    felipe garcia April 24, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    Listen people! hopefully the Bulls are not stupid enough on wasting their time on trying to lower: Lebron James, D. Wade, or Chris Bosh to Chicago b-cuz they probably won’t come here. The Bulls should focus on getting players that will most likely come to Chicago with no high risks involved like: David Lee, Anthony Morrow, and other solid semi-star players.

    Think about it people, if the Bulls do manege to get: Lebron James, D. Wade or Chris Bosh they will probable have to give up a lot of money or they would have to do a sign and trade deal with those teams involving: J. Noah, Kirk Hinrich & L. Deng with their high draft picks included 4 just 1 of those TOP SUPER STAR PLAYERs!!!

    If I am the GM’s of Cleveland, Miami or Toronto n I know 4 a act that my star player is unhappy and he is planning to leave my city, then I will right away find a team quickly that will do a sign and trade deal with me for their valuable players including their high draft picks involved to replace my SUPER STAR PLAYER. (it’s common sense people!)

    felipe garcia April 24, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    N people, can u please stop mentioning names of free-agent players that are un-healthy throughout their career’s to come to Chicago like: Carlos Boozer or Amare Stoudemire. If u think about, if the Bulls pay them their big money contract they will only be a big disappointment like Ben Wallance and go down quickly with a huge injury and miss half of the regular season.

  15. JoNoah April 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Ya’ll crazy as hell if u dont want LB on the bulls get over the fact that he dance the nba is entertainment if it was D Rose dancing we wouldnt have nothing to say about it dont be bitter cause our team was on the losing end of that game and LB was celebratin he has fun…no one says anything in the all star game when each team allow the other to score 150 pts a game if we can get LB to the bulls we will be unstoppable and for all the fans who say they would stop watchin the bulls isnt true fans from the start and dont come tro Grant Park for the celebration!!!

  16. shawn April 24, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    stop hating on king james is the best so just honor that

    mike killer April 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    I got mad love for LB, D. Wade & Chris Bosh but, I just don’t c them coming here to Chicago tiz summer as a free-agent or Joe Johnson. Even if the Bulls do manage to get either 1 of those Top Super Star Players on their team. There will be a huge cash involved just like Felipe Garcia said: Most teams will do a sign and trade deal involving: J. Noah, Taj Gibson, L. Deng or K. Hinrich & the Bulls top 1st round draft pick in exchange for their Star Player that the Bulls would love to have. (Which I believe it is called Plan A.)

    I say forget Plan A and the Bulls should focus on Plan B: which is getting semi-star players like: David Lee, Anthony Morrow, Rudy Gay, Kelenna Azubuike or Anthony Randolph on their team. Think about it people: they are cheaper players to get, their will be no risk involved and their as good as a Top Star player when they are on fire.

    mike killer April 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Plus the only reason y I mention those top semi-star players is b-cuz they are the missing pieces that the Bulls need in order to get better: The PF position and a big SG that can hit 3’s.

    Dj April 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    I totally agree with most of u people about getting semi-star players but, if I was the Bulls GM’s: I would make it my top priority 2 get David Lee because he is a hard worker, coachable player, a high percent inside shooter that can attack the basket at will, a good rebounder, a good passer and a solid defender. Plus the Bulls really need a PF that can score.

    Then with the other extra money I would sign another tall SG like Anthony Morrow or Kelenna Azubuike that can play solid defense and hit big 3 point shots to space the floor.

    Then with my 1st round draft pick I would draft a Center big guy in cast Brad Miller leaves. Then I am set for next year

    2010-2011 roster:
    PG: D. Rose
    SG: Anthony Morrow or Kelnna Azubuike or Kirk Hinrich
    SF: L. Deng
    PF: D. Lee
    C: J. Noah
    Taj Gibson
    James Johnson
    Anthony Morrow or Kelnna Azubuike or Kirk Hinrich
    1st round draft pick (A Big guy)
    and then I would try to resign some of my other players 2 a 1 year contract like Brad Miller, Ronald Murray or Acie Law. With my low cost decent players like: Chris Richard and others.

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