And by not inking Gordon to a long-term deal, they've set themselves up to be a major player in the 2010 free-agent market. Chicago's weather is a minus but its big-city status and accompanying nightlife are definite pluses, and it's easy to wonder if the city might be a lure to a certain Chicago native who currently plies his trade in Miami.
Alternatively, the Bulls could play their hand sooner by making a trade with the $30 million in expiring contracts they have between Brad Miller, Jerome James, Tyrus Thomas and Tim Thomas, with first-round picks James Johnson and Taj Gibson also looming as potential assets in a deal. Depending on who is looking to shed contracts at the trade deadline (or even this summer), they look to be a major player in any trade discussion in the next eight months.
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