Larry Hughes is owed approx. $26 million over the next two years. Yup, that's right, the guy who shoots 18% from the field is making more than anyone else on the team(Deng?).
But this contract may be a blessing in disguise. See, his contract is up in the "Summer of LeBron," the year when when King James and about a dozen or so other top notch free agents become available such as:Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd, just to name a few.
Not all of these guys are going be available but you get the point. Or maybe you don't. Well here it is: $13+ million a year coming off a team's books will be a major asset in just a couple short years. Whether or not Paxson realized this when he made the Ben Wallace deal is a discussion for another day. Either way it puts the Bulls in the position where they have another asset that they probably have no idea what to do with.
To my surprise teams are already trying to snatch this fantasy team destroyer from our grasps. The Daily Herald reported in a article on Thursday titled:"Bulls Discover Some Trade Interest In Hughes"(LOL Discover?!?)The Bulls need to thin out their backcourt, some trade possibilities could include Portland's Joe Przybilla, New York's Jared Jeffries, Dallas' Erick Dampier, or Denver's Kenyon Martin.
Personally, I would rather have every single one of these guys instead of Larry Hughes, but I would love the opportunity to actually get a big name free agent. Ben Wallace was a huge tease. Only time will tell what happens on this issue but it looks like another chance for Bulls management to crap the bed.