Ask Sam Mailbag: 06.29.18

What do you think is the most likely outcome of Bulls cap space this year? Use it to take on bad contracts of a team trying to sign free agents in exchange for a decent player and/or draft picks? If yes, do you give this scenario a better than or worse than 50% chance of happening? Would they consider using cap space to take on bad contract in exchange for a draft pick?

Kevin Gacek

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Unlike most summers, this offseason seems like a good to spend on free agents because prices should be reasonable with less than normal competition. Philly is the only good team with significant cap space and the Lakers are the only exciting destination. Teams never have enough perimeter players who can defend and do something on offense. I'd offer Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Smart contracts on day 1. Signing them would improve the team and give them the choice to walk away from a crazy LaVine contract.

Conor Gallogly

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls shoots a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks on March 11, 2018 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

If Vlade is a fan then we know we got to let Zach walk

Mike Sutera

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play in the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

I've heard the talk of Lebron to Philly maybe. But why is there no talk of Paul George to philly. I think he would be a much better fit with Simmons and Embiid than James would be.

Aaron Ward

Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

Bulls should sign Rodney Hood on a 1 yr deal for like 10 mil as a 'prove yourself.' Athletic wing who can score, give us another vet to help the young guys.

Our future looks the brightest in 2020 when we have a load of cash. Recruit a decent player in Hood now and don't overspend and go for that 7-8th seed as the goal.

Andrew Brown

I'm unclear on why there were so many terrible contracts issued during this summer. I know the cap exploded compared to previous years. But players like Crabbe? Harkless? Mozgov? Etc. There were many more. Why were all these mediocre players getting such huge deals? Did the trailblazers genuinely think that harkless and crabbe were worth a combined 30+ million each year? Or were there penalties for not using all this money?? Seems to be coming back to haunt a lot of teams this season.

Aaron Weinger

I read that the Clippers are likely to waive Teodosic for cap reasons. Wasn't he sort of last year's equivalent of Luka Doncic? Would the Bulls be interested in signing a young brilliant passer (even if he's a poor defender)? Or is he likely to be the subject of a bidding war, and cost more than the Bulls would be willing to pay?

Peter Manis

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.