By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on March 25, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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