The summer of 2010 was one of the most memorable offseasons of all time. LeBron James and Chris Bosh left the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors to team up with Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat. After four years and two titles, the three are once again unrestricted free agents. This time, they are joined by another top player in New York Knicks’ free agent forward Carmelo Anthony.
Several other free agents that would normally be quickly scooped up like Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson, Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe, Houston Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons and Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward are being held up as they wait for James and Anthony to make decisions.
According to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times, citing a source, the Chicago Bulls, who were at one time looked at as the favorites to land Anthony, are growing frustrated waiting for free agents.
The patience of the Bulls’ front office continued to be tested Tuesday, with free agent Carmelo Anthony’s indecision still seemingly keeping them from pursuing a Plan B.
According to a source, the Bulls feel that if Anthony goes elsewhere, they are one of the leading candidates to land free-agent big man Pau Gasol — unless Anthony happens to choose the Los Angeles Lakers, which could start the dominos falling and convince Gasol to re-sign with the Lakers.
‘‘It’s frustrating for [the front office], but it’s free agency,’’ the source said.
The Bulls likely aren’t the only ones growing frustrated. Nearly every other team and seemingly ever free agent are also waiting on the top players to make their decisions before they can move on.