CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have a few pieces missing from their championship caliber team and they used the first day of unofficial free agency to try and plug those holes.
The day saw many signs that Bulls fans should be happy about, chief among them being GM Jerry Reinsdorf has indicated he is willing to go above and beyond, quite literally, to add championship pieces to Chicago.
The Bulls aren’t going to be the free spenders they were last season, but that’s not stopping the Bulls owner from potentially entering into the luxury tax area if need be this free agency. And with the names the Bulls contacted Wednesday that luxury tax area may need to make room for Chicago.
As expected and reported earlier here, the Bulls reached out to the agents of Jamal Crawford and Josh Howard among other names in the first unofficial day of NBA free agency. It’s unofficial due to teams not being able to formally make offers until next Friday.
Other players the Bulls reached out to include T.J. Ford, Shane Battier, Grant Hill and Keith Bogans all had their agents contacted by the Bulls according to Pippen Ain’t Easy, the Chicago Tribune and other NBA sources.
Now this must be taken with a grain of salt as the first day of contact is just teams gauging the market.
The likelihood the Bulls land any of these names is just speculation and interest at this point. Almost all of the teams in the NBA contacted these free agents and most seem as just as likely destinations as Chicago.
Miami is interested in Battier, the Suns and Hawks contacted Crawford and numerous teams have contacted Howard.
But the rumblings have begun and we are now going to get a finer and finer picture of who the Bulls are targeting as we bare down on December 9th. Chicago doesn’t have all the cap room in the world in fact it’s a pretty tight fit, but the ambition is there and at the very least, it’s not like the Bulls will lose money next season.
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