According to Jamal Crawford, who was drafted by the Bulls in 2000, Krause’s master plan was to team Crawford up with Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, AND Grant Hill.
Crawford explains that Jerry Krause was confident he could convince the 3 stars to join the Bulls because of the popularity of the organization and all the cap space the team had after Michael Jordan retired.
“My first year and second year, we’re the youngest team in the league, right? And the fans knew, like, ‘OK, it’s going to be a rebuilding year.’ But my rookie year, Jerry thought he was going to get Grant Hill, Tim Duncan and T-Mac.
So, obviously, MJ just retired, right? We have all this cap space, and so we have all these rookies. And he was like, go back and look, I guarantee Grant, Tim, and T-Mac were all free agents. And Jerry wholeheartedly believed we would get all three of them. Even if we get two of them at the time, boom!Swish Cultures & Yahoo Sports