By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on March 16, 2014
The Chicago Bulls have been without Derrick Rose (injury) and Luol Deng (trade) for most of the season, and still have the fourth-best record in the East at 37-29. Head coach Tom Thibodeau has done an incredible job of getting the most out of his players, and has the Bulls as a team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs. Lack of impact talent will likely do them in this postseason, but they have an opportunity to land some this offseason.
It would be far from a sexy signing, but Jordan Hill is a tough and physical player that defends and rebounds very well. He would fit in perfectly with the Bulls, and he is the type of player Thibodeau loves. With Carlos Boozer unlikely to be back next season, Hill could be a valuable post player off the bench, who will likely be cheap to acquire.
After signing early in the season, D.J. Augustin is averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 assists in 46 games with the Bulls this season. He has been a great playmaker for the team ever since Rose went down with his knee injury. It is hard to say where the Bulls would be without Augustin. With Rose to return next season, Augustin would probably not get as many minutes, but at the right price, he would be great insurance for the Bulls.
Trevor Ariza is not the player that he once was, but he is still a solid wing that could be a key contributor for the Bulls. Ariza can defend many positions well, knock down open shots and brings another veteran presence. For the right price, Ariza would be a great addition for the Bulls.
Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls rumors have been surfacing for a while. Chicago will have cap space this offseason, and could making signing Anthony work. While he would obviously help on the offensive side of the court, it is fair to wonder how Anthony would fit in with the Bulls' physical and hard working style of play. However, if you can land a player of Anthony's talent, you must at least consider it.
As great as landing Anthony would be, Lance Stephenson would be even better. At only 23 years old, Stephenson is having a breakout season averaging 14 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Stephenson is a smooth scorer and great defender who would fit in well on the perimeter with the Bulls. There will be plenty of competition for landing Stephenson, but I think he fits in perfectly with the Bulls, and they need to make him top priority.
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