The free agent dominos are falling in the NBA and the Chicago Bulls remain dormant. The latest example of their silence in free agency is news that one time target Brandon Roy has reached a verbal agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves according to Roy’s family and Traiblazer’s beat writer Jason Quick.
Quick tweeted Thursday night:
Brandon Roy has come to a verbal agreement with Minnesota according to a person in Roy’s family
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 6, 2012
Earlier in the day it was announced that Roy had narrowed his list down to the Mavericks, Cavaliers, Pacers, Warriors and the Timberwolves. Right when Roy announced his return to the NBA after taking a year off due to a chronic knee problem, David Kahn and the Wolves were ready to offer him a multi-year deal.
Notice that the Bulls are not present on this list. Roy met with the Bulls but decided that he didn’t like the makeup of the payroll (which would have to short change him to bring him to Chicago). He respectfully declined to come play for the Bulls.
Roy had the miracle blood spinning treatment that Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez had done after he was forced to retire due to chronic problems with his knees. Roy spent the entirety of his first career with the Blazers but had a falling out with management — a factor that also lead to his amnesty and retirement.
The Bulls have now swung and missed yet again in free agency and as the dominos are falling, the list of potential targets is shortening. Kirk Hinrich was informed that yet another team is interested in signing him which means his price will most likely be out of the Bulls range.
Derek Fisher, Courtney Lee and Jonny Flynn all remain big targets for the Bulls as well but with money being tight (well more like room between them and the luxury tax being tight), Chicago has been scared to make a move that would involve committing future money to a player.
Players can sign their verbally agreed upon deals on July 11 which is just a short 5 days away.
The Western Conference was interesting to watch last year but now we may see a shift in the forces at the top of it in 2013.