Rose tore his right medial meniscus and underwent season-ending surgery this past Monday. The Bulls were off to a decent start to the 2013-14 season before the incident occurred. With Rose’s return only lasting about 11 games, the Bulls are in a tough spot.
The Bulls are used to playing without Rose, though. All of last season, Chicago battled hard to make it to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. The Bulls have shown that they can still be a playoff team without Rose. Tom Thibodeau is a great coach that believes in all of his players, which is why Forman’s decision isn’t a bad idea.
Forman has not hit the panic button in Chicago just yet. The NBA season is still very young, and the Bulls have only played 13 out of their 82 total games. The trade deadline is not until February, which gives the Bulls about two and a half solid months to evaluate their roster and situation more thoroughly.
Chicago is also watching the Charlotte Bobcats very closely. Back in 2010, the Bobcats traded away Acie Law, Ronald Murray, protected first-round picks in 2012-2015 and an unprotected first-round pick in 2016 for Tyrus Thomas with the Bulls. This season, if 10 teams finish with worse records than the Bobcats, the Bulls will receive their first-round pick.
A first-round pick, especially if its a lottery pick in 2014’s talented draft, could be very beneficial to the Bulls’ roster moving forward.