Coming into the 2013-14 NBA season, the expectations for the Chicago Bulls were extremely high. After all, Derrick Rose was poised to return after missing all of last season recovering from a torn left ACL. But after only 10 games this season, Rose was ruled out for the year again after a torn left meniscus.
However, Bulls GM Gar Foreman didn’t do an adequate enough job in preparing for another devastating Rose injury. He let Nate Robinson walk — who eventually signed a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets — and never found a replacement during the offseason. There were talks of trading Luol Deng to the Milwaukee Bucks, who would then sign and trade Monta Ellis to Chicago, but that obviously didn’t happen.
Sure, the Bulls signed D.J. Augustin, but his signing didn’t happen until mid-December as the team was hitting their lowest point of the season. If the Bulls want to avoid that same scenario from happening again, they need to make the point guard position a top priority heading into the summer. Foreman needs to plan as if Rose is going to miss a third straight year.
With Kirk Hinrich, Augustin and newly acquired Jimmer Fredette all free agents this summer, the Bulls have to decide which one or two of the three players they want to re-sign. Plus, there will be an abundance of veteran point guards available in free agency, such as Ramon Sessions, Patty Mills and Jordan Farmar.
Even if Rose comes back better than ever in 2014-15, the Bulls must prepare as if he is going to be out yet again. There is no telling if an Augustin will fall into the Bulls’ lap next time around.