It’s going to get worse for the Chicago Bulls before it can get any better. Late Monday night, the Bulls began their rebuilding process as the franchise traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers after nearly 10 years of service in the Windy City. Of course, many fans are upset about the Bulls’ impending “tank” mode, but it’s just a nature of the beast when dealing with a scuffing NBA team.
Speaking of which, Carlos Boozer is likely to be the next casualty. The Bulls signing of Boozer really worked out better than most expected. However, the year is 2014 and an aging Boozer is set to make $16.8 million next year and Chicago is in no position to devote that kind of money to a average power forward. Thankfully, Boozer’s contract be taken off the books as he was signed before the amnesty clause was implemented, meaning the Bulls can now use it on No. 5 and not have his contract go against the team.
Therefore, Chicago could go into the 2014-15 NBA campaign with a brand-new roster. You see, the Bulls really only have five players that are “locked in” to contracts in 2014. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell are the only players on the Bulls’ roster that are likely to stay past 2013. Thus, Bulls general manager Gar Forman will have a great opportunity to reconstruct his team come this summer once he sheds Boozer’s contract via the amnesty clause.