2005/06 Chicago Bulls Payroll: $33.5 million
2005/06 Estimated NBA Salary Cap: $45 million
Roughly: $11.5 million under cap
The Good: The Bulls have a very young, talented team, which means small, short-term rookie contracts. Rookie contracts are like maximum strength Tylenol to a salary cap; they reduce swelling and alleviate a lot of headaches.
...The players have found a good chemistry and keeping them together will only strengthen that bond. Chicago will have the cap space to resign some of their other young players or dip into the free agent market. The sky is the limit.
The Bad: Antonio Davis will be paid a handsome sum next season ($13.9 million). That's a high price to pay for someone barely contributing. Luckily, that will be the last year of his contract.
Having a lot of young talent is great, but at some point they do want to be paid, and other teams will go after them tenaciously. The danger exists of overpaying certain players because of the frenzy.
The Future: The bright glare from this team's potential is blinding. They have good young prospects at every position and tons of cap room.
Bonus Points… for drafting proven college players instead of high school phenoms and foreign enigmas recently. Getting the best players from power programs like UConn, Duke, and Kansas is a great way to rebuild a team. Giving them lots of playing time together helps out even more.
i take issue with notion that AD is "barely contributing" - ok maybe at that price - but what he brings to this team is invaluable, imo.