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Hoe do YOU think the Bulls should aquire a veteran?

  • Sign and Trade

    Votes: 5 41.7%
  • Signing of a Free Agent

    Votes: 7 58.3%
  • Trade a current played

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Leave the roster as it is

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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In looking at veteran leadership off the bench, to me there is one obvious hole and it is at centre. SF has Eddie and Jalen, PF has Tyson, Marcus and Lonny, then backcourt has Jay, Jamal, Jr, Trenton, Hoiberg and again Eddie and Jalen, C has Eddy "going to be very good but not there yet" Curry, and Dali.

I think that simple list of names there is evidence enough of the gapping needed to be filled by a veteran centre capable of playing about 15 minutes a game, and more importantly to help to continue to school the youngsters.

Scott Williams is now in Phoenix, he would have been a nice fit considering his history with the ball club, but o well.

I think our best shot now is to look at sign and trade possibilities, which may end up being beneficial to all parties involved. For us it means adding a veteran centre, for Travis Best it means getting to play for a team for something near what he is worth, and for the lucky team (and there are a number of them looking to bolster there point guard attack) it would eventuate into them getting a very solid contribution from an experienced team oriented veteran with years of playing ahead of him.

As the summer (for you guys at least, I'm Australian) progress' the possibility of Best looking to use us in this type of deal increases, as it is becoming very evident that teams don’t want to spend extra cash, so a trade would therefore allow them to shift out as much of a financial commitment as they are bringing in for the coming season. As we are one of the very few teams who can afford to spend a bit of money, we could very easily sign Travis Best to a deal and probably a better one than any other organisation, though a deal with another organization would no doubt have to be organised with Best, and for the Bulls it would basically mean determining the specifics of compensation and the formality of paper work.

Before the Magic went cheap and signed Vaughn(and not the more talented Hudson) I would loved to have seen a sign and trade with Best going for Patrick Ewing. As Ewing has only one year left on his contract and while his playing contribution would not be have been extensive, having him work with the boys in the middle, especially helping Eddy Curry develop a low post and power game would have been hugely beneficial.

I'm interested to hear of any idea's any of you out there have on the acquisition of free agents of all positions, though especially at centre, and what you think of the possibility of a sign and trade involving Travis Best.
 

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We don't have a choice for a sign and trade. If Best finds a team to sign him for the mid-level exemption and that is o.k. with him then we have no say.

The only way a sign and trade is pulled off is if the team Best wants to go to is interested in clearing additional cap space, or needs additional cap space to sign Best. Otherwise he will sign where he wants and we get nothing.

We have to hope the team he wants to go to needs to clear slary cap space, or else he is gone with no compensation. It all hinges on where Best wants to go.
 

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We have a choice to sign and trade Best and/or Oakley. And it doesn't have to be to a team with salary cap room. For example, the Bulls could sign Best to a $4M contract and then trade him to a team for a player for equal value. Likewise, the Bulls could sign and trade both Oakley and Best and package him for a player (or players) of equal value. Doing so would qualify the Bulls for the mid-level exception.
 

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Thats exactly what i meant. As teams dont have more money they want to spend, a sign and trade would be a way of doing business because they get what they want, in this case Best, without adding to their pay roll and therefore helping to stay below the cap and the dollar for dollar tax threshold.
 

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It is still up to Best. If Best wants to sign with a team and they can fit him under the cap then we have no say so. If a team wants to sign him to the mid-level exemption then we have no say so. He is an unrestricted free agent, meaning we have no control over him whatsoever. We could arrange a deal for him and then go to him and see if he accpets. If he says no, he wants to sign with another team and we get nothing, then we get nothing.

Sign and trades of unrestricted free agents are all dependent on what the free agent wants.

He can get more money through a sign and trade, however. We could sign him for 6 million a year then trade him to another team if he wanted. It is still his decision in the end, not the Bulls.
 

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All I can say is if the bulls can work out a sign-and-trade deal with best for a vet back-up C then the trade we made last year looks REAL good. I don't think it's too much to ask for, but then again, if things were in the works, I don't think Krause would be watching all of these Rookie games, or would he? I don't know. I guess we wait and see.
 

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Certainly a sign and trade is the best option for the Bulls.

Unfortunately if Best wants to go to a team who can sign him without having to clear cap space (mid level exemption) then we would get nothing.

If Milwaukee is interested in him that would be a good team to possibly do a sign and trade with. They would most likely want to get rid of a salary. Their team's payroll is quite high.

Hopefull it isn't another reunion tour of old ex-stiff Bulls. I read Caffey is a possibility. NO CAFFEY!!!!!!!
 
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