The Chicago Bulls have officially given up on this season. Even though the Eastern Conference is historically bad and Tom Thibodeau gets his team to play hard every night, the front office has decided it is time to shed some contracts. It started last night with Luol Deng being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and three future first-round picks. The Bulls also can swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavaliers, and this trade puts the Bulls in position for a big offseason.
With Derrick Rose out for the rest of this season the Bulls are trying to build themselves up for his second return. Bynum will be waived in the near future, and there are rumors swirling that Carlos Boozer might end up a victim of an amnesty buyout. Depending on how the rest of the season goes the Bulls could end up with a lottery pick. Even if they don’t they can definitely find a solid rookie to add because this year’s draft will be one of the deepest in a long time.
Then there is the upcoming free agent class that is also star-studded with names like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger and many more. The Bulls will have a decent amount of cap room to go after one or two of those players. With young assets like Jimmy Butler they might be able to pull off a sign and trade to bring in a big time superstar to pair with Rose.
The Bulls have closed the page on the 2013-14 season and are focused on getting ready for next year. This offseason will be a big one for the franchise.