The Bench Mob is slowly being rebuilt after being gutted of basically all of it’s members this offseason. With only Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler under contract from last year’s Mob, the Bulls are scouring the local Bargain in a Box locations to try and find replacements.
They have apparently found the next piece of that puzzle in former Sonic and Bobcats forward Vladimir Radmanovic.
Radmanovic, an 11-year veteran who was drafted 12th overall in the 2001 Draft by Seattle, will sign at the veteran minimum which will pay the 6’10″ Serbian forward $1,352,181 million next season.
Adding Radmanovic isa sign the Bulls may be bracing for not matching Omer Asik, who is expected to sign his $25 million offer sheet from the Houston Rockets later this week — most likely Friday.
Earlier in the day it was reported that the Bulls were one of four teams that were interested in Darko Milicic who was amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week. The Bulls may still make a play at Milicic but right now it appears the front runners to get the former No. 2 overall pick are the Boston Celtics.
If the Bulls choose to not match Asik’s offer sheet, they’ll have 2 more roster spots to fill before the season starts.
Malcolm Thomas has been wowing Chicago with his Summer League performance and will likely get an invite to training camp if he continues his effort meaning he could fill one of the two remaining roster spots.
For those of you keeping tabs on the Bulls ledger, even of they pass on Asik, Chicago’s going over the luxury tax but not so much that they’re considered official tax payers. The threshold is $75 million — that’s the point the Bulls lose their non-taxpayer mid level exception of $5 million.
That’s also when the new taxes kick in next season. At every $5 million a team goes over the luxury tax, the tax increases by $0.25 for every dollar over a team is ($1.50, $1.75, $2.00 and so on).
Chicago has made little noise this offseason and the luxury tax is why. The Bulls have added Radmanovic but it’s probably the least attractive move they could have made, despite the fact he does fill a need.