Bulls Free Agency 2012: Chicago's 'Bench Mob' Breaking Apart

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting the Chicago Bulls are poised to break apart one of the league's top benches on Tuesday. The affectionately named "Bench Mob" appears to be on the verge of saying goodbye to several of its key members -- G-F Ronnie Brewer, SG C.J. Watson and SG Kyle Korver. Additionally, C Omer Asik is expected to sign the Houston Rockets' $24 million offer sheet on Wednesday.

All told, the Bulls are in a financial pinch:

Once [Kirk Hinrich] is signed, the Bulls will have roughly $67.3 million of committed salaries for nine players next season. The projected luxury tax line is $70.3 million, which the Bulls are almost certain to exceed for the first time in franchise history.

The Bulls hope to make up the gap in production with rookie PG Marquis Teague and second-year SG Jimmy Butler, but neither have received a true test at the NBA level.

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