Free agency has officially begun in the NBA for the first time in two seasons, technically. With the aftermath of the 2010 free agency period, this year is picking up where the last left off.
Unlike last season, free agency will be centered around a superstar player who isn’t at all satisfied with his current situation – that player being Dwight Howard.
He has told the Orlando Magic organization that he wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, and only the Brooklyn Nets, because he has hopes of playing with Deron Williams.
In just one day, Howard has managed to make matters worse. He stated that the Magic have been blackmailing him this whole time, something that doesn’t sit well with fans abroad. In fact, so much so, some of the hate that was on LeBron James is shifting over to him.
But this will be discussed plenty until something happens. That storyline will take care of itself.
Meanwhile, the NBA Champion Miami Heat are trying to sway Ray Allen away from the Boston Celtics. Imagine how Boston faithful would treat Allen if he made such a move.
The Chicago Bulls are looking to improve their roster as well.
With the devastating injury to Derrick Rose, the Bulls have been on a constant search for a point guard, preferably a veteran.
Early rumors pointed to an attempt to entice Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. Unfortunately, Nash has listed the Raptors, Knicks and Mavs as his top destinations. As for Kidd, it is rumored that he wants to back up Williams, which means the Nets and Mavericks are the only teams he would be interested in.
With those two out of the picture, the Bulls’ interests have shifted to Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich was the Bulls starting point guard for most of his seven-year tenure. He was traded to the Washington Wizards during the 2010 NBA Draft in order to free up cap space for a potential LeBron signing. Needless to say, this was to no avail.
It is well documented that the Bulls are still in need of a shooting guard. Along those lines, the Bulls are one of the top candidates to land Brandon Roy. Before retiring due to knee issues, Roy was an All-Star shooting guard. Outside of Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, he was the next best shooting guard on the list. But times have changed.
The positive in his comeback is that Roy is still in his prime years. He turns 28 in July. In hindsight, Roy reminds me of Tracy McGrady. The difference is McGrady suffered back and shoulder injuries before a bad knee officially made him the artist formerly known as ‘T-Mac.’ I still fear that Roy will not come close to being the Roy of old. We will just have to wait and see, wherever he signs.
Signing players isn’t the only thing the Bulls need to accomplish, though. The Bulls need to make sure they don’t lose big man Omer Asik, who has generated interest from the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. The Bulls could also lose Kyle Korver, CJ Watson and Ronnie Brewer if team options are declined. Not to mention, John Lucas III is a free agent. It is just as imperative to keep the current roster intact over as it is to add to it.
Fans on Twitter have been wondering why the Bulls aren’t being aggressive. It is quite simple. For one, free agency just started. And two, the Bulls aren’t in a position to do so. Fans must take into account the luxury tax penalties that would be distributed. But I can’t knock the fans for not doing so; all they want is another championship brought to the Windy City.
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