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Bulls breaking up the Bench Mob
Brewer, Watson on their way out and Korver may soon follow
July 09, 2012|By K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune reporter



Tuesday will be the end of the Bench Mob.

The deadline for Bulls options on Ronnie Brewer's $4.37 million and C.J. Watson's $3.2 million salaries has arrived. A decision on Kyle Korver's $5 million option is due by Sunday.

In the wake of Kirk Hinrich's signing, Watson's camp already has been told his option won't be picked up. Brewer long has been considered the most expendable of the three because Jimmy Butler, last year's first-round pick, will assume his role.

Because of his shooting specialty, Korver has a slim chance to return and hasn't been told definitively either way. Sources said the Bulls are exploring sign-and-trade possibilities for all three players in an attempt to avoid losing assets for nothing.

One intriguing option would be swingman C.J. Miles, an unrestricted free agent who has started for the Jazz and could add athleticism.

Once Hinrich is signed, the Bulls will have roughly $67.3 million of committed salaries for nine players next season. The projected luxury tax line is $70.3 million, which the Bulls are almost certain to exceed for the first time in franchise history.
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Re: Bulls breaking up the Bench Mob

Next year's a wash, if nobody's willing to give you a second rounder for Korver just roll with Teague, Hinrich, Hamilton, and Butler. If someone gets hurt pull up a guy from the D-league. With Rose out there's no reason to spend on vets for next year.
 

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Re: Bulls breaking up the Bench Mob

Well there is a slim chance that Brewer will be back.

Brewer: "They might try to sign me back once the dust settles at a lower salary. I will test the market though."
 

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Sad way to break up a strong second unit, but it is what it is. There is no reason to keep Korver... His shooting will be missed, but better off going forward with someone who has a chance to be with the team in 2 years even Rose is hopefully 100%. This is the time I wouldn't mind the Bulls being cheap....
 

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It was good while it lasted and I enjoyed watching them increase leads with that incredible D, but going forward we need more two way players to help Rose. Wish them all the best.
 

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Re: Bulls breaking up the Bench Mob

The problem is that the Bulls' starting 5 went from costing $50M total last year to $60M this upcoming season; primarily caused by Rose's extension kicking in.

With luxury tax set at $70M, that leaves only $10M to fill out the bench (compared to $20M last year).
 

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Well there is a slim chance that Brewer will be back.

Brewer: "They might try to sign me back once the dust settles at a lower salary. I will test the market though."

I saw this as well on WGN this morning. I have to think Ronnie will do better on the open market.
 
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