The bulls effectively traded Asik's $5M salary for Hinrich and Belinelli. Sorry, but I wouldn't make that trade, EVER, if it were a basketball decision. It's leaking out that Hinrich is to be paid $8M over the next two seasons. Yikes! That's exactly what OJ Mayo signed for. Picture... end of quarter and who's going to take the final shot? Hinrich isolation play, FTW. It seems the Bulls are going to pay the LT, but only a little. If the strategy is to wait out Rose's injury, it seems to me that using the LT spending to keep Asik and a quality roster around until then, and then decide how to shuffle the deck chairs. The tradeoff in keeping Asik is in year 3 we'd pay the LT instead of this year. And only for a year, because Asik's $15M is for just the one season, and he likely won't earn another contract with a paycheck near that. Hinrich at $4M or CJ at $3M? CJ every time. Meanwhile, the champion Heat signed Ray Allen. The Lakers went out and signed Steve Nash. The Bulls were players for the dregs once again. I like Luol Deng a lot, and Noah, too, but the Bulls didn't trade one of them for better Cap situation AND a couple of players who'd contribute right away. If the CBA contracts amounts work out, you really do have to give up quality to get quality in a trade. I suppose if all things go right, our starting lineup for the playoffs could be: Rose, Rip, Noah, Deng, Boozer That's exactly where we were this past season. The Bulls didn't like that lineup as a contender last year, though, and again did nothing about it then. What about the bench? Gibson is an A bench guy. Belinelli is OK. Teague is unknown. Nazr was never great and now he's really old. And 24 minutes of Captain Kirk. No matter how you look at it, the bench has become a major downgrade. Sorry for the rant.