10 Potential Big-Name Free Agents Targets for the Chicago Bulls

10 Potential Big Name Free Agents Targets for the Chicago Bulls

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Much like the summer of 2010, the Chicago Bulls have additional cap room and are looking to spend it. Hopefully this time around they won't miss out on the marquee names and overpay for a second-tier player. But regardless of who comes to Chicago, the roster next season will have quite a few different and potentially bigger names gearing up for a 2015 championship run.

10. Carmelo Anthony

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10. Carmelo Anthony

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The obvious big name free agent this offseason is Carmelo Anthony. With the Knicks' offseason struggles after the hiring Phil Jackson, along with the continued recruitment by Bulls star Joakim Noah, Anthony may be considering a move to Chicago when July comes around. Although it would still put the Bulls in a bit of a financial bind, I foresee management doing everything possible to woo Anthony to the Windy City.

9. Zach Randolph

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9. Zach Randolph

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Although he has reportedly discussed his desire to stay with the Grizzlies, Randolph may be the odd man out in Memphis. With another head coach most likely on the way, ownership and front office issues, and more importantly, Pau Gasol being a free agent with the desire to play along side his brother, Randolph is likely to be looking for a greener pasture this summer. Chicago could make him a decent offer to replace Boozer.

8. Paul Pierce

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8. Paul Pierce

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If the Bulls are looking for a short-term veteran option on the wing, Paul Pierce is the best candidate to fill that role. Pierce would bring a championship attitude, work ethic and experience to an organization that has only made the Eastern Conference Finals once since 1998. Although Pierce's best years are behind him, he proved his value as small ball forward with the Nets this season.

7. Avery Bradley

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7. Avery Bradley

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With the Celtics looking to continue the rebuild process under Brad Stevens, Bradley should be looking to join a contender this offseason. His defensive prowess and ability to knock down open three-pointers would make him a quality addition to a Bulls backcourt that could use an upgrade in both areas. He is basically a better, younger version of Kirk Hinrich.

6. Marcin Gortat

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6. Marcin Gortat

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If the Bulls are looking for grit and toughness to pair along side Noah for the next couple of seasons, Marcin Gortat fits that role perfectly, as he proved against the Bulls this postseason. Gortat, who has been a coveted player for years by NBA teams, will now have his opportunity to sign with a team of his choosing (has been traded twice in 4 seasons). Gortat has proven his value, and a Noah, Gortat, Gibson rotation would scare a lot of teams.

5. Greg Monroe

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5. Greg Monroe

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With the arrival of Stan Van Gundy, who really knows what is going to happen with Greg Monroe? If Josh Smith stays, Monroe could be forced to come off the bench next season behind Smith and Drummond. Detroit will have the opportunity to match offers for the big man this summer, but with two giant contracts already on the books, it may be impossible to keep him. Pairing together Noah and Monroe could be a devastating rim protecting tandem.

4. Lance Stephenson

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4. Lance Stephenson

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Although his antics on the court, as well as reported issues with teammates, have raised red flags with potential suitors, Stephenson is still an explosive player who lead the league in triple-doubles this season. With more structure and eventual maturity, Stephenson has the potential to be a top 10 player in this league. Is he worth the risk this offseason? I'm not sure, but the Bulls could have the cash to steal him away from Larry Legend.

3. Eric Bledsoe

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3. Eric Bledsoe

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When Bledsoe was moved to Phoenix, all were skeptical if he could play alongside another point guard and be successful. Well, it worked out pretty well both Bledsoe and the Suns. Being that he is a restricted free agent this summer, the Suns will be able to match any offer, but are the Suns prepared to pay Bledsoe the amount that he could garner this offseason? Most likely, but a Bledsoe, Derrick Rose backcourt would be highly entertaining.

2. Luol Deng

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2. Luol Deng

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All sorts of rumors have been thrown around regarding the reason why Luol Deng was traded from Chicago and whether or not he may return, but the one certain fact is that Deng never wanted to leave Chicago. If the plan to sign Anthony falls through, there's a chance Deng could return to the Windy City at a discount. It was sad to see Deng go and the fan in me wishes for his return. But as long as he gets out of Cleveland, I'll be happy for him.

1. Kyle Lowry

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1. Kyle Lowry

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I know what everyone is thinking, but with Derrick Rose's health, present and future, uncertain to say the least, an insurance player who is proven and just plain good may not be a bad idea. There is no doubt Rose is the best option to lead this team, but there's no guarantee he'll be on the floor for a full season. Lowry is coming off his best season, is a tenacious player and is durable.

Justin Ullestad is a Chicago Bulls writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @justin_ullestad. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Jimbo

    Melo..zbo..Monroe..yes

    Paul pierce..bradley..lowry.. bledsoe.. no thanks

    Lance Stevenson. ..HELL NO

    • Jimbo

      Oh yea I forgot lu! That would be nice if we can bring him back and get another free agent