5 Things Chicago Bulls Must Do During 2014 Offseason
5 Things The Chicago Bulls Must Do During The 2014 Offseason
The future of the Chicago Bulls is at a crossroads right now. This season was full of promise and championship aspirations. Then all it took was one innocent injury to the franchise player and the future looks bleak.
When Derrick Rose went down with a torn meniscus in his knee, the Bulls organization did not know which way to turn. It is more than likely that this team will look totally different once Rose is back next season. Some players will be long gone and there will be new faces. It's just a matter of when, who will be here and how.
It is also possible that the Bulls could keep this band together and tweak the roster with a few pieces. If they do keep this team together one last time for a championship run, they have to add more pieces around Rose. The Bulls are constructed to be very good, but still need that extra scoring threat. With Rose injuring his other knee, we don't know what type of player he will be physically or mentally. We do know for certain he will be back.
The Bulls front office has to decide what to do with this roster moving forward. There's been speculation of trades, tanking the season or just staying put. The roster is still good enough to make the playoffs this season, but a championship is out of the equation. Tanking the season is just not in the Bulls' DNA. The trade rumors will be running rampant, and if the Bulls likes a deal they can't resist, they will pull the trigger. The Bulls have a lot of decisions to make from now til the 2014 off season. Here are 5 things the Bulls must do during the 2014 offseason.
Keep or Let Luol Deng Go
The Bulls must make a huge decision on Luol Deng, who will be a free agent this offseason. Deng is has been a great asset to the team and the last few years became the leader. That type of player is hard to replace, so the Bulls must make keep their options open on Deng.
Amnesty Carlos Boozer
Lots of Bulls' fans have been calling for this the last two seasons. Boozer is more than likely gone after this season. He is putting up very consistent numbers, but the Bulls will be going a different direction next season and Boozer's bloated contract will be off the books.
Decide If They Can Still Build Around Derrick Rose
Now and the future of the Bulls begins and ends with Rose. He is still the cornerstone of the franchise, but the question now can they rely on him? You can believe that Rose will be back next season, better than ever. But what type of player will he be after having his second knee surgery in the last few years?
Continue To Develop Jimmy Butler
Jimmy "Buckets" is definitely in the future plans of the Bulls. He is developing into a very nice player. Now it's time for him to take that next step and become one of the cornerstones of the future. He has to become more aggressive in his offense to help alleviate some of the scoring burden of Rose. The future is his and the Bulls.
The Bulls must get more youthful legs on the roster. They are developing some players like Jimmy Butler, Marquis Teague, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy. Some of these guys will be a huge part of the future plans. The Bulls are also awaiting the arrival of Nikola Mirotic, the first round pick of the 2011 draft. He has been tearing it up overseas and he could definitely push the youth movement.