Ever since the Michael Jordan era ended in the late 90’s, the Chicago Bulls haven’t exactly attracted superstars to come to the team in free agency.
During the summer of 2000, former Bulls GM Jerry Krause promised fans that he would land two stars in free agency; he ended up coming away with Ron Mercer and Brad Miller. The end result was more losing seasons and disgruntled fans. Two and a half years after signing Mercer and Miller, Krause was removed from his duties as general manager of the Bulls.
Fast-forward 10 years later to the summer of 2010 with Krause’s disciple Gar Forman now the GM of the team. The Bulls managed to clear enough cap-room to again sign two stars in free agency. But yet again, they struck out on the big name free agents, including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Instead, they came away with Carlos Boozer and a handful of role players. With young stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, the Bulls didn’t exactly have losing seasons, but they never won a championship either.
Now, in 2014, the Bulls find themselves in a situation where they could land either Carmelo Anthony in free agency or Kevin Love in a trade. But with reports speculating that Anthony could opt-in for one more season with the New York Knicks, the Bulls’ Plan A option in free agency could be over before it begins. And if Love gets traded to anywhere but Chicago — after saying he would like to play for the Bulls — Forman should be on the hot seat with the team.
If Forman fails to land any either All-Star player, it would be hard to fathom him being the GM much longer. Even if Rose returns to being his brilliant self, Noah is still a defensive superstar, and the Bulls sign a player such as Lance Stephenson or Luol Deng, there’s a great chance that still wouldn’t be enough to win a championship. The Bulls have shown they need a third superstar to go along with Rose and Noah. With Rose also coming off of two devastating knee injuries, acquiring another star has never been more important for the Bulls.
Let’s face it, the biggest names in free agency that the Bulls have acquired over the years include Ben Wallace in 2006 and Boozer in 2010. If Forman continues this ugly trend, his tenure as the Bulls GM has to end soon.