Just days after the Chicago Bulls decided to ship Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the contract of Andrew Bynum — whom they released the same day — it appears they are not done making moves. ESPN’s Chad Ford has gone on record saying that Chicago very well could completely throw in the towel this season.
Asked in his most recent chat session with fans if the Bulls are done trading, more specifically in reference to Kirk Hinrich or Joakim Noah, Ford had this to say:
Don’t think so. Lots of talk about those two as well as Boozer. I’ve said this in several of our last Tank Ranks, management has made the decision to tank this season. Coach isn’t on board, but they can keep taking cards out of his hand to play.
Talk about a quick turn of events for the Bulls. One moment, they are excited to welcome back former MVP Derrick Rose and make a title run. The next, the organization has reportedly decided to tank — pretty incredible.
The fact is, the Bulls now finally realize that they won’t be able to win a championship with solely Rose and a few good role players. They won’t be able to win unless they add another star to their roster and completely change things up. Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls’ young draft pick currently playing overseas, is set to hopefully be in uniform next season. While Mirotic is best fit to play power forward, Chicago still believes they may benefit from dealing Noah.
Hinrich and Carlos Boozer are replaceable at this point. The Bulls feel comfortable with D.J. Augustin as a starter at the moment, and backing up Rose once he returns. They also still love Taj Gibson, who is one of the more underrated big men in the game. Therefore, they look like they can afford to get rid of Boozer and Hinrich as well.
Regardless of what Chicago decides to do, know this: The front office and head coach Tom Thibodeau are not on the same page. This could cause a much bigger problem overall. If Thibodeau isn’t on board, that’s a bad sign. The Bulls’ players and fans love coach Thibs and don’t want to see him going anywhere, nor do they like to see him upset. Hopefully, in the end, general manager Gar Forman knows what he’s doing.