Free Agent Watch: The wait continues…

Well…I sure thought we’d know something by now. Didn’t you?

Okay, okay. We do know a few things. Like the fact that Joe Johnson signed a ridiculos six-year, $119 million deal with the Atlanta suckers Hawks. That — like Johnson — Paul Pierce (four years, $61 million)m Dirk Nowitzki (four years, $80 million), and Rudy Gay (five years, $80 million) re-signed with their respective teams.

We also know the Lakers locked up Steve Blake (four years, $16 million). Former Bulls John Salmons (five years, $39 million) and Drew Gooden (five years, $32 million) were snapped up by the Milwaukee Bucks, and former Bull/expiring contract Hakim Warrick (four years, $18 million) was nabbed by the Phoenix Suns. The Suns also secured the services of Channing Frye ($30 million) for the next five years.

Last, and most certainly least, the Toronto Raptors signed Amir Johnson (five years, $34 million) while the Minnesota Timberwolves bid against nobody but themselves for the rights to Darko “The Human Victory Cigar” Milicic (four years, $20 million).

But the Bulls weren’t waiting on any of those guys…were they?

The Great White Whale — or, in this case, The Three Great White Whales — are still swimming the murky ocean of NBA free agency: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. You’d figure that James at least would have made a decision after the way the Bulls triple dog dared him to live up to Michael Jordan’s legacy.

Unfortunately, reports indicate that LeBron won’t make his decision by today. In fact, nobody knows exactly when he’ll choose a team, although Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer tweeted on Sunday: “Sources say LeBron plans to wait until after 3-day Nike camp in Akron is over to announce decision. Ends Wed. nite.”

So we may know by Thursday? Maybe?

But…what if Chris Bosh makes a decision before that? Or D-Wade? After all, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Wade has strong family ties that could bind him to the Windy City.

Ford writes: “Wade also has multiple ties to Chicago — a home and family, including his mother, a pastor whose church in the city was purchased for her by her son. But far and way the most important consideration is his two children Zaire and Zion. Wade is recently divorced and the custody of his children is still up in the air. There are concerns that, given the frequent travel tied to being a NBA player, he won’t be able to spend quality time with his children during the season if he doesn’t stay in Chicago.”

And this is what Wade said in an interview with Channel 5 in Chicago on Saturday: “At the end of the day, your decision goes on what’s best for you and your family. The organizations I’ve been brought in to meet with are all good organizations and all can add something to my life, and not just basketball-wise. To me it’s about what makes 40 years of my life and not just about the next 10.”

That seemed to be an extension of what Wade told the Associated Press two weeks ago: “You go through a whole season, even the last two seasons, and feel incomplete in a way, no matter what kind of success you have, because you don’t have the most important thing to you with you. My boys. To be able to have this relationship with them as I have since this summer, it’s been probably the best feeling I’ve had since winning the championship. I don’t think people really understand that.”

So what if Wade decides today or tomorrow he wants to join the Bulls? Does management wait to see what LeBron decides or do they jump to sign Wade? And would Chris Bosh be willing to accept a few million dollars less per year to follow Wade to Chicago? Or could he force the Raptors into a sign-and-trade for Luol Deng?

Or will Bosh have to agree to terms with one of the teams with big cap space — the Bulls, Clippers, Knicks or Nets — before LeBron or Wade make a decision? That’s what Ford thinks: “All indications I’m receiving are that LeBron and Wade, respectively, each want to be paired with Bosh on whichever team they join, seeing the big man as an ideal complement on a contending team.”

Hey, remember, after Shaq left the Lakers, Kobe didn’t get a whiff at a title again until L.A. stole received Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. It could be that LeBron and Wade would both like Bosh to be their Gasol.

Of course, these are all assumptions and guess work. For the moment, all we can do is put our lives on hold and wait for The Powers That Be to make up their minds. Whenever that will be.

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32 Responses to Free Agent Watch: The wait continues…

  1. Robby July 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Better to wait for a good outcome than to rush into a bad one, IMO. We know that we don’t have too too long in any case, right?!

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    Josh July 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    “So what if Wade decides today or tomorrow he wants to join the Bulls? Does management wait to see what LeBron decides or do they jump to sign Wade?”

    If Wade wants in you immediately offer him the max no questions asked… you do not wait for anything or anyone … of course if he wants to bring friends (LeBron and/or Bosh) and is willing to take a cut to make it happen all the better…

  3. Ryan July 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    For starters, I just one one (Wade, James, Bosh). One superstar paired with Rose, Deng and Noah is an excellent beginning. I really don’t have a preference, just one of the top 3. I would be baffled to see why the Bulls would get shut out at this point.

    Time to put the kids to bed!!

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    bullsfandom July 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    A theory…

    I heard a rumor somewhere that the Bulls had a deal on the table to ship Luol out for a Center and cap space. The Clippers have everything the Bulls need for this supposed deal. The Clips have a need (they need a good SF to compliment the rest of their starting 5), they have Cap Space (enough to sign a max contract), they are desperate (the only way they can get a good SF is if they grossly overpay for them) and stupid (Donald Sterling).

    Past Lebron its arguable that Deng is as good if not better than the majority of the rest of the SF’s out there in FA…those guys will probably want to be paid more than Luol is getting now to join that franchise. Plus the Bulls can sweeten that ‘signing’ by offering up a number 1 pick and some cash/trade exceptions. The Clippers get better, and the Bulls get cap space to pick up 2 top flight guys with the cash left over to help fill out the rest of the roster.

    Is it just me, or does this trade not make a ton of sense?

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    BULL4EVER July 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Chicago will end up with one of these four free-agent stars whether it’s LeBron,Bosh,Boozer or even wade because Chicago has always been totally unbelievable to pass on,speaking of playing in a huge-market team like the Bulls.Chicago is happy with Bosh,Boozer or wade, this team is totally blessed and totally struck gold with LeBron. GO BULLS.

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    malefax July 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    So, if as some reports are suggesting, Bulls can’t get LeBron or Wade without Bosh, and can’t get Bosh without giving the Raptors Noah in a sign and trade, should the Bulls pull the trigger on that deal?

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    Dj July 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    @ Bull4ever

    Don’t forget to add David Lee in this conversation, if Chris Bosh and Loozer (I mean Boozer lol) does not come to Chicago if we get Wade.

    So it all comes down to: Lebron and Wade, hopefully Wade since we need a SG right now more then a SF since we have L. Deng.

    Unless we trade L. Deng to the Clippers for a Center player like: DeAndre Jordan and cap space. (like bullsfandom mention) Then it would make more sense to get: Lebron James and Chris Bosh since we will have more then enough money to get them both to a 5 year deal max contract. If both of them are willing to expect that offer. Meaning Chris Bosh, since he mate want a max 6 year contract in a sign and trade deal. If that is the case and we can’t get Chris Bosh in a sign and trade deal then we should just get David Lee over Carlos Boozer, since he is a healthier, younger and cheaper player.

    Then we can sign a decent tall SG like Kyle Korver or Mike Miller to a 3-4 year contract to take over Hinrich spot. (3 point shooting)

    Starting lineup of:
    PG: D. Rose
    SG: K. Korver or Mike Miller
    SF: L. James
    PF: C. Bosh
    C: J. Noah
    or
    PG: D. Rose
    SG: D. Wade
    SF: L. Deng
    PF: D. Lee
    C: J. Noah

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    Troy July 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    D WADE N LEE WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT PICK UP . THEY WOULD HAVE MONEY LEFT OVER TO FILL THERE ROSTER AND BE CHAMPION CONTENDERS . THERES ANOTHER FACTOR PEOPLE HAVE NOT MENTIONED WITH D WADE , HE WANTS TO PLAY WITH ROSE . ROSE IS THE PLAYER HE WANTED RILEY TO PICK BEFORE THE BULLS GOT LUCKY AND LANDED THE NUMBER 1 PICK. THE IDEAL OF WADE COMING TO CHICAGO IS VERY REALISTIC , AND NOT JUST A RUMOR . BEING A FATHER I WOULD CHOOSE THE CHANCE OF BEING CLOSER TO MY BABYS , THEN BEING LOYAL TO THE TEAM THAT DRAFTED ME . THINK ABOUT HOW HIS SONS WOULD FEEL IF THEY KNEW THAT THIER FATHER HAD A CHANCE TO BE CLOSER TO THEM BUT INSTEAD DECIDED TO RE-SIGN WITH ANOTHER TEAM THAT KEEPS HIM MILES AWAY BECAUSE OF LOYALTY . WHAT TYPE OF LOYALTY IS THAT IF YOU CANT BE LOYAL TO YOUR SONS . IF MIAMI REALLY LOVED WADE THEY WOULD TELL HIM TO GO TO CHICAGO TO BE WITH HIS SONS , BUT THE FACT IS THEY DONT LOVE WADE , THEY JUST LOVE THE FACT HE GIVES THEM BEST CHANCE TO WIN A TITLE . WHAT A PATHETIC ORGANIZATION . D WADE COME HOME TO CHICAGO WHERE YOUR FAMILY IS . OH AND I WILL MENTION THIS FOR YOU WADE , YOU DID WIN YOUR FIRST NBA TITLE BEFORE JORDAN DID .

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    C-Lo-The-Great July 6, 2010 at 2:22 am #

    troy c’mon man look im all for wade coming here but i dont want to guilt him into doing and im sure d wade is and will be an excellent father where ever he decides to go

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    Trm3 July 6, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    DJ for once is gonna like me..if we got Wade I’d want either Lee or Boozer. I’d prefer Lee cause Boozer is the only guy that a hangnail could sideline him up to 2 months.

    James and Wade are gonna wait to make a decision cause they’re holding camps in their current teams state..if they both announced they were leaving for another team things would be odd in Cleveland and Miami knowing these camps these guys are in charge of are to play in another state.

    U guys get that? lol…basically if they had announced something today with these camps coming up it would be a pretty good chance they’d be staying. It would be just odd holding a camp in a city u just announced u were leaving.

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    BULL4EVER July 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Yo DJ you may be right about Chicago possibly grabbing David Lee off the market and adding him to the Bulls roster, in case if we don’t land any one of these four free-agent stars from this market I named earlier on comment No.5.He sounds like a totally underrated free-agent star because we don’t ever even hear about his skills on the court and how good he is,this and that about him,so Chicago signing him would totally help D’Rose and Noah. GO BULLS

  12. madjenky.com July 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    If the option to sign Wade, Lebon, or Bosh exists, the Bulls need to pull the trigger immediately. Each one of those players will obviously make your team better. Even if Boozer or Lee is available to sign at a discounted price the Bulls should pull the trigger. Most teams in the NBA only have 1 good player in their frontcourt, some don’t even have 1. Any signing of a PF would give the Bulls two dependable players in their frontcourt. a HUGE advantage especially in the fragile East.

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    Dan the Man July 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Screw Lebron, I want wade

    chicago native…
    good player…
    good human…

  14. chad July 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    we need someone who can shoot, someone like korver. i want wade. i want josh smith, atlanta is trying to get rid of him. he plays a lot better defense than bosh and isnt a ball hog.

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    Riq80 July 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Troy, first off I think you need a new keyboard, it seems that your CAPS button is broken. Second, how dare you talk smack about the Heat? You need to shut your mouth scrub. D-Wade is not going to make his decision based on family. If that were really the case then he wouldn’t be on the fence about leaving Miami. He would have said I want to play in my hometown because of my kids, end of story. D-Wade is just tring to keep attention on him. He knows what he really wants to do and again his kids have nothing to do with it. No matter where he plays he will be away from his kids most of the year. He’s going to win custody of his kid since.

    #1 It was his wife that was cheating in the first place (03-06 her ex bestfriend went public with this info)
    #2 His wife is crazy and is the reason he has temporary custody of the kids now.
    #3 He makes all the money and can provide the best living situation financially.
    #4 He is viewed as the good guy in the situation
    #5 He has Homes in Miami and Chicago and if you want to get technical anywhere else he damn well pleases.

    I have nothing against Chicago as a team or it’s fans but when I come across morons like you Troy, you really make me think twice about that. Go back to playing NBA 2k10 and putting D-Wade on the Bulls roster cause thats as close as Chi-Town will ever come to signing him. Chicago’s best choice is to do a S&T for Bosh but Toronto is not dumb enough to take Dengs toxic contract so Noah may be on the trading block. Last time I checked Noah was part of the selling point to get help to sign with Chi-Town SMH…

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    mike July 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    had u would take josh smith over bosh omg… wow

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    mike July 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    lolchad

  18. J O July 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    QUESTION

    if we get wade and bosh and afterwards need to fill out our roster whats your take on signing tmac to come off the bench. teams intrest in him seems to be really low but he’s a vet and our new coach should be able to hide his obvious age on D. he’s not a great 3 point shooter but respectable and would be solid in the pick in roll if we ever needed.he works out in chicag he could teach deng a few tricks and maybe groom JJ into our SF of the future. at this stage in his career what more could he ask for… a second shot at what he loves to do and a chance to get ring on his naked fingers

  19. chad July 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    bosh can score, just dont know if he’s much of a winner. never makes the playoffs, cant trade noah to get bosh cause noah has the defense and rebounding that wins games. noah has an impact that can’t always be seen in the stats, bosh is so hyped about just cause he has good looking offensive stats. can he defend, can he win, not without noah’s help. i remember how when josh smith is on he is a game changer. i dont know how consistent he is, but every time he faced the bulls he looked great and almost single handedly beat the bulls.

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    Q. Dailey July 7, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Ummm … is anyone else getting the feeling that this is going to end in disaster for the home team? Not, “oh my God, we get nobody?” disaster, but more like a “well, I guess giving Carlos Boozer the max isn’t THAT awful” type of disaster?

    I understand they need to keep the max offer available for Wade/James, but I’m starting to think they should just sign Bosh, then hope one of the big two decides to commit as well. Bosh is NEEDED; LeWade is a luxury.

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    Dj July 7, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    @ chad

    But, the difference between Chris Bosh and Josh Smith is that, Chris Bosh is a low post scorer and Josh Smith plays the same game like Noah and we don’t need two Noah.

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    Trm3 July 7, 2010 at 1:39 am #

    If none of these guys come here..can we void the Hinrich trade? lol

    If LeBron stays its his choice but he’s not gonna win anything. His loss.

    As for Wade..whats to stay for in Miami for? Can’t do a sign and trade for Bosh cause nobody wants Beasley’s sorry ass! If Bosh decides to say ok, nevermind I’ll take my 5 years and play with Wade..well, whats to say he’s can only do that in Miami? He could play with Wade in Chicago where there’s more of a core in place than just 2 awesome players/ sarcasm.

    I’m also gettin annoyed by the fact that players are basing their decision on “well, if so and so comes with me..I’ll go” like Chicago is that bad. Chicago is that one player away from something great for many years. Hello, we made the playoffs despite Naoh missing a month of ball, Rose missing a week and Deng being hurt all the time..were right there! It’s retarded to think u need someone else to come with u in order to go…Chicago unlike every other place in FA is right there! F’in Dbags!

    Anyways, I’ll be disappointed if no one comes but if we can get Boozer and sign some shooters I think we’ll be good to go. I don’t think Boozer has actually had center playin next to him..Okur is not a legit center either.

  23. Mike July 7, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Woah, woah, woah…

    Breaking news guys, VDN just got picked up by the Clippers. So are we going to see the Clippers bungle up some more, but will barely reach the playoffs and take the 1st seed to an improbable 5 – 7 game series?

    SPOILER: No, they won’t

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    Riq80 July 7, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    @Trm3 Had Bosh been healthy, the Bulls would not have made it to the playoffs. Before Bosh got hurt the Bulls were out of the playoffs. You talk as if they were the 5th seed LMAO! If the Bulls really were as close as you claim then it would be a no brainer. The problem is you’re a fan and no one is going to convince you that you’re wrong. You also say “Beasley’s sorry ass” yet the kid has a better jumper then ANYONE on the bulls squad. Get a life and snap back into reality. The Bulls are far away from being the team to beat Kid.

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    Trm3 July 7, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Far away? I’m guessin u think ur Heat on right on the bubble of being a powerhouse? Ur team has a long ways to go buddy. What does a “better jumper” gotta do with being good? He still sucks. There’s a reason the Raptors don’t wanna do a sign and trade with him, he’s not good.

    U say if Bosh doesn’t get hurt Bulls don’t make the playoffs…that’s real funny cause the Bulls WERE in the 5th spot when Noah, Rose, and Deng got hurt..so how does that make any sense dumbass?? If they don’t get hurt were still in the 5th spot..oh man, that’s unreal.

    I don’t have time for rejects..have fun building ur world beating Heat from scratch.

  26. bulls fan in ohio July 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    i knew i knew it i knew! the bulls are gonna get screwed they will not end up signing anyone! except for bums! everyone still happy we dump capt kirk, not lets hope the bulls can win 30 40 games now! As for D WADE what a joke! using the fact that he wants to spend time with his kids in chi town, to drive up the effort of one mr pat riley! and that whole loyality crap you go ask stan van gundy whether or not pat riley the heats president is ERIK SPOLSTRA your next, bosh and wade to heat! Bullshite

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    Q. Dailey July 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Aaaand, that’s a wrap – Bosh/Wade to the Heat. David Lee, anybody?

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    Riq80 July 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    BREAKING NEW!!! WADE AND BOSH TO THE MIAMI HEAT!. I am sooooooo happy right now. Enjoy the next 15 yrs of nothing Chi-Town. For those of you that been running your mouth about how the Heat suck… I can’t wait to pwn your team the same way we did last season with D-Wade and a nothing roster (only this time we will have much btter players) =D! Takecare scrubs and enjoy getting nothing since Boozer is more then likely going to NJ and David Lee is going somewhere else like back to NY.

    One more thing, even though i’m not a LeBrone fan. Some Espn sources say that he will anounce that he is going to Miami as well. Staytuned, the Miami Heat own the NBA WORLD MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    inkybreath July 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    And, Trm3 – Toronto went into their huge slide at the end of the year WITH Bosh on the roster, his injury just made it that much harder – aka easier for us.

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    Dj July 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Not true Riq80 and inkybreath

    It does not matter if Chris Bosh got hurt or not during the last regular season of why the Raptors team sucked.

    You know what is sad? Toronto had a talented healthier roster then the Bulls last season! Players like: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Hedo Turkoglu, DeMar DeRozan and Jarrett Jack that could have got them into the playoffs, with out Bosh!

    While we had a rotation of: Acie Law, Ronald Murray, Brad Miller, Hakim Warrick and Jannero Pargo as our consistent players during the end of the season and we we still made the playoffs when Noah, Hinrich, Rose, Deng and Taj Gibson got hurt for a couple of weeks. How sad is that???

    @ Riq80

    Go back to your heat blog u fag! lol and I can care less if Wade and Bosh sign with the Heat for a long term contract. U guys r still not going to win a championship title for years to come.

    O0o and you guys are F*** if Wade gets hurt again this coming season, remember all those injuries he had in past will catch up to him like A.I and T-Mac and he will not be the same player again.

    As for Bosh we all know he is not the main guy that is going to help the Heat win a championships by himself if Wade gets hurt.

    We will take our chances with adding solid players this summer like: PF:David Lee, SG:Tony Allen, C:Brendan Haywood, C:Oleksiy Pecherov, C:Darko Milicic, SG:Anthony Morrow, SG:Rasual Butler, SF:Travis Outlaw, SG:Shannon Brown, PF:Al Harrington, PG:Sergio Rodriguez, SG:Kyle Korver, SG:Mike Miller, PG:Shaun Livingston, PG:Randy Foye or PF:Boozer (hopefully not lol) this summer! and wait again until the trading deadline of 2011 to make our move again.

    And you know what is going to be sad Q. Dailey, we will make the playoffs again and both of us will get eliminated in the 1st or 2nd round. In the other words, even if u get Bosh and Wade we are going to be in the same level as you guys.

    GO BULLS!!!

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    Jason Biggs July 8, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    unless we add Lebron James DJ

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