According to ESPN, Carlos Boozer has agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Up until this point, the Bulls were literally facing their worst possible scenario for this year’s free agency period. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two players that the Bulls were favorites to get, announced earlier today that they would be playing for the Miami Heat next season. LeBron James, everyone’s number one choice, is rumored to be deciding between the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and Heat.
So what about the Bulls? The team that at one point was considered the best bet to attract top-level talent during this offseason, quickly turned into the odd team out.
Boozer may not be James, Wade or Bosh, but he is nothing to sneeze at. The Utah forward is the best available player left on the market, and will provide the Bulls with the offensive interior presence they have been looking for. He is the perfect complementary player to Joakim Noah in the post, and a great first step into making the Bulls into a contending team.
This may end up being the best possible outcome for the Bulls. Yesterday, reports came out that Bulls point guard Derrick Rose would have preferred to play with Joe Johnson over James.
The rumor was confirmed by Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
(LeBron) really likes Rose & Noah. But there's lack if shooters on roster. Also it doesn't sound like he's exactly being welcomed by Rose.
Didn't say Rose was anti-LeBron. But the word is preference was Joe Johnson. They have same agent. That is what multiple people tell me.
Now that they have Boozer, all the Bulls really need to be able to contend in the Eastern Conference is a dead-eye shooter to play alongside Derrick Rose on the wing. Ray Allen, Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick are rumored to be players that fit the bill of what Chicago is looking for.
Now that they have Boozer in the fold, the Bulls will trot out one of the most talented starting line-ups in the league. With a great sixth man in Taj Gibson, Chicago has a young team that is a threat to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals for years to come.