Kirk Hinrich PG 27 6-3 190 Kansas $11,250,000
Chris Duhon PG 25 6-1 185 Duke $3,248,000
Ben Gordon SG 25 6-3 200 Connecticut $4,881,669
Larry Hughes SG 29 6-5 184 Saint Louis $12,000,084
Thabo Sefolosha SG 24 6-7 215 $1,805,160
Shannon Brown SG 22 6-4 205 Michigan State $1,044,120
JamesOn Curry SG 22 6-3 190 Oklahoma State $427,163
Luol Deng SF 23 6-9 220 Duke $3,320,339
Andres Nocioni SF 28 6-7 225 $8,500,000
Demetris NicholsSF 23 6-8 216 Syracuse $427,163
Drew Gooden PF 26 6-10 250 Kansas $6,453,416
Tyrus Thomas PF 21 6-9 215 LSU $3,505,320
Cedric Simmons PF 22 6-9 235 NC State $1,629,120
Joakim Noah C 23 6-11 232 Florida $2,135,400
Aaron Gray C 23 7-0 270 Pittsburgh $427,163
Here’s what the Bulls roster looks like right now. They are seriously bloated at the SG position. Chris Duhon’s contract is up and he’s going to be gone, no question about it. Nocioni’s contract is also up and I wouldn’t mind hanging onto him but I think it’s more likely that he’s gone too.
If we draft Rose he’ll take Duhon’s position and start out as the backup to Hinrich for his rookie season. Gordon and Hughes can compete at the SG position. Deng and Nocioni would be the 3s and if we draft Beasley he replaces Nocioni. Gooden, Thomas and Noah at the 4 and 5 spots.
All things considered both guys probably fill a need and I don’t think redundancy is that much of an issue based on our contracts. So, they can sit back and really figure out which guy is the best player and the best fit.
Deng, Hinrich and Gordon are all juicy trade bait and I wouldn’t mind moving any of them, but they all struggled last season and they can probably be signed to moderate contracts which is a silver lining to the crappy season we just had. If we did decide to trade them it leads to the question of for whom? There isn’t a Pau Gasol/Kevin Garnett out there that I know of and there’s no reason to trade these just for the sake of it so long as they don’t have crippling contracts. Maybe they can bundle one of those guys in order to dump the Hughes contract, which would be a decent move, but I’m not sure it’s time to give up on any of these guys.
I really wish we’d gotten D’Antoni. Combining him and Rose with the rest of this athletic roster could have really been something special. I hope they get themselves an offensive minded coach who can make the right call.