When the Chicago Bulls lost Derrick Rose to a second consecutive season-ending injury, all hope was lost for the team by both the fans and the organization. General Manager Gar Foreman proved that to true when the Bulls shipped leading scorer Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for future draft picks and the expiring contract of Andrew Bynum.
But the Bulls as a team had different plans for their season. They’ve gone 40-27 since the injury to Rose, and 31-14 since the trade of Deng. Taj Gibson is currently a frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year, Tom Thibideau will get Coach of the Year consideration, and Joakim Noah is on a short list of MVP candidates. D.J. Augustin is also credited for saving the Bulls’ season since getting waived by the Toronto Raptors on December 9.
Despite the wonderful 2013-14 NBA season the Bulls are having, their future is even brighter. The Bulls will have two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, including their pick and the Charlotte Bobcats‘ as well. The team acquired the Bobcats’ pick on Feb. 18, 2010 in a trade for Tyrus Thomas.
In addition, the Bulls have rights to their 2011 draft selection of Nikola Mirotic. The power forward is 23 years old, 6-foot-10, and is currently considered the best European player. There is some indication that Mirotic might join the Bulls during the offseason and that would more than likely mark the end Carlos Boozer‘s tenure in Chicago. Boozer’s remaining $15 million could be amnestied by the Bulls which would make him a free agent.
The Sacramento Kings‘ future first-round draft pick could also go to the Bulls. The pick was part of the deal that sent Deng to Cleveland, but it is top-10 protected. Basically, the draft selection will go to the Bulls if it is higher than No. 10 over the next three years.
Also, with the impending return of Rose and the bright futures of Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell, the Bulls are set for many more years to come.