It’s no secret the Bulls are in need of some offensive firepower heading into next season. After all, they ranked dead last among the 30 NBA teams in scoring average and field goal percentage.
Plan A would be an all-in pursuit of Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, probably the second best pure scorer in the league behind Kevin Durant. The problem is, Anthony would have to leave millions of dollars on the table to leave New York for a free agent contract with the Bulls or any other team. And the Bulls would likely have to give up Mike Dunleavy and Taj Gibson for nothing to create enough cap room to make serious bid for Anthony.
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Plan B involves bringing over European sharp-shooter Nikola Mirotic, who’s widely considered the top NBA prospect overseas. Mirotic is a “stretch-four” with three-point shooting range who would figure to get a lot of open shots playing with Derrick Rose. Mirotic would probably command a salary starting in the $6 million range, which means the Bulls would only have $3.5 million left to re-sign D.J. Augustin or add another wing scorer.
If the Bulls miss out on both of the above plans, they could pursue the next level of NBA free agents, which includes players like Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce, Gordon Hayward, Lance Stephenson, Trevor Ariza, Evan Turner and Nick Young.
Any way you look at it, it figures to be a very interesting summer for John Paxson and Gar Forman. I discussed the various options with our Bulls analyst, Will Perdue.