5 Moves Chicago Bulls Must Make This Offseason

5 Moves the Chicago Bulls Must Make This Offseason

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The Chicago Bulls have shown encouraging signs this season as the team has once again been without their star, Derrick Rose. A majority of the success can be accredited to Joakim Noah, who has been playing lights-out all season long. The center has recorded three triple-doubles, catapulting himself into MVP talks. Although Chicago has exceeded expectations, the franchise must make a few moves this offseason in order to compete for a championship.

5. Trade Taj Gibson for a Lottery Pick

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5. Trade Taj Gibson for a Lottery Pick

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Production hasn't been an issue for Taj Gibson, but he is vastly overpaid at ,250,000 a year. Chicago is better off trading Gibson in an attempt to move into the draft lottery as well as to spend the money elsewhere. The Bulls have fielded offers for Gibson earlier this season, so management is likely going to continue to do so.

4. Amnesty Carlos Boozer

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4. Amnesty Carlos Boozer

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Rumored to be amnestied since the new CBA, Carlos Boozer will in all likelihood fall victim to the provision this summer. With Chicago looking to land a marquee free agent, paying million to a replaceable player makes absolutely no sense. The move has already been foreshadowed as Boozer has been benched on a number of occasions this year.

3. Re-Sign Luol Deng

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3. Re-Sign Luol Deng

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Trading Luol Deng in January was a flat-out mistake. Yes, Deng had a high salary, but his production on both ends of the floor has been desperately missed. Therefore, Chicago must attempt to re-sign him as soon as the forward hits free agency. Deng has reportedly stated that he is interested in returning and that there are no hard feelings between the two. Joakim Noah would certainly be ecstatic if this were to occur.

2. Sign Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

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2. Sign Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

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Possibly the biggest name hitting the free agency market, Carmelo Anthony has expressed interest in the Chicago Bulls when making his decision this summer. Chicago may present him with the best chance to compete for a championship, but it will undoubtedly take some serious convincing to lure him away from the Big Apple.

1. Trade Derrick Rose for Rajon Rondo

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1. Trade Derrick Rose for Rajon Rondo

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Derrick Rose has meant everything to the Chicago Bulls franchise ever since he was drafted by the team in 2008. Unfortunately, the star has been plagued by knee injuries, competing in a total of 10 games out of a possible 165 (including playoffs) since tearing his ACL in 2012. Rose's injuries have been massive setbacks to what could have been an NBA Championship-caliber team. As a result, Chicago must attempt to trade him for Rajon Rondo.

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  • Noitidart

    Holy heck bro. Definitely don’t trade Taj. Definitely don’t trade Rose. Definitely don’t sign Melo. If we amnesty Boozer we need a power forward like Aldridge. I do agree with resigning Luol though. He has been finding his 3pt shot with Cavs and thats all he lacks. When he comes back though he shouldn’t take more than 10 shots a game. He needs to be an efficent shooter while getting to the line. The volume shooting should come from Taj and Noah who draw and 1′s a ton down low, especially Taj. I strongly agree with bringing back Luol and amnestying Boozer, but we need to get Aldridge man. That will be a fully Chicago drafted starting 5 with 6th man being Taj. Taj has a special ability to come off bench and impact game. You CANNOT get rid of Taj. We’re about to win a chip soon man.

    • Joe Crevier

      Only reason I did not include Aldridge is because I don’t believe there’s any way he leaves Portland. Their team is on the rise and with more experience they can become a top 3 team in the West. To me, Rose has missed way too many games. As beloved as he is, I think it would be in Chicago’s best interest to trade him. I do love Taj too, but you have to admit he’s overpaid. Could use that money elsewhere.

    • Joe Crevier

      I’m not a Chicago fan so obviously not as connected to Rose as Bulls fans are.

      • Noitidart

        As a non-Bulls fan props to you for recognizing how important Luol is to our team. 98% of Chi fans DO NOT understand this, it is unbelievable…. They all give me that overpaid banter. This guy is a super philanthropist he deserves the overpay because it goes to the poor and struggling. So props to you man for mentioning re-singing Luol. One thing Luol needs to do though is perfect his 3pt shot and come back and not take more than 10 shots (so efficient scoring while getting to the line and making hi clip of freethrows). When Deng goes volume shooting it takes away opportunites from people like Taj who is fantastic at drawing and 1′s. Even when Rose comes back we can’t be a volume shooting team, but it’s ok for Rose to go up to 16 I would say because offensive rebounds come easy of his shots.

        • Farva55

          You want the Bulls to overpay Luol Deng because he donates to the poor??????

          keep your liberalisms to yourself and let the real people discuss sports.

          Thanks.

  • Schaumburg Kenny

    Wow. I *literally* wouldn’t expect the Bulls to do any of these five things. I think, more realistically perhaps, they believe that Rose will return to 100% sometime mid-next season. There’s some precidence for this if you’ve watched RB Adrian Peterson of the Vikings return from some pretty serious knee injuries and still maintain his explosion and elusiveness. Medical science has progressed pretty far with knee surgeries in the last decade. If that’s their take, they may see no way to get equal value in a trade. Rondo, while an excellent fit for the Bulls system, Thibs has mentioned in passing that in his years with Boston, that Rondo is a very sour person who doesn’t get along with his own teammates and is difficult to coach and deal with. I actually think the Bulls have moved on from Deng and vice-versa despite all of the polite exchanges. Deng will most likely end up on the Lakers or Spurs next season at less than the $10 million the Bulls e Bulls were offering with dark horses the Grizzlies, Warriors, Clippers, Raptors, and Timberwolves (if they keep Love). It seems highly unlikely the Bulls will get prized rookie PF Nicolai Mirotic until 2015, so paying a motivated, revenge minded Boozer $15 million to play for a competitor such as the Heat or Pacers doesn’t make a lot of fiscal sense. After 4 straight years of Taj Gibson working with greats like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Hakeem Olijuwan during off seasons, it is finally paying dividends and Taj is proving to finally be a complete player and a good value. As the Bulls tend to “fall in love” with their own players, again, I think they’d have a hard time finding *percieved* equal value in any trade. Despite the pay difference, Taj will probably supplant Boozer as the starter next year. Boozer won’t likely be brought back in 2015, but Mirotic becomes the backup PF then. The Bulls are scrambling to keep this roster together. They would need to do a sign and trade for Carmelo Anthony and New York will never do that as he is the face of their Franchise. As Carmello has stated he loves Phil Jackson, he’s not inclined to leave. The Bulls will target getting Kirk Hinrich, Nazi Mohammed, and Jimmer Freddete on vet’s minimum deals and spend part of their Midlevel exception on locking up DJ Augustin on a three year deal. I think they get another veteran Center for minimum and try to draft a Center prospect and the best available wing with the second pick (either SG or SF). Then hope the Kings draft a difference maker this year so the Bulls get their 2015 1st round pick. Boring I know, but, in all reality, this is probably the most likely things to happen…