Chicago Bulls’ Top 5 Offseason Priorities

Chicago Bulls' Top 5 Offseason Priorities

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An early-season injury to Derrick Rose all but erased any hopes the Chicago Bulls had of winning an NBA title. In addition to a healthy Rose, Chicago will need to make several changes to its roster in order to win a championship next season. Here are the Bulls' top-five offseason priorities.

5. Draft A Wing Scorer

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5. Draft A Wing Scorer

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The Bulls have the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. Out of these two picks, Chicago needs to select at least one quality wing scorer. Duke's Rodney Hood and N.C. State's T.J. Warren are both viable options for the Bulls in the middle of the first round. A young scorer would be a welcome addition to Chicago's bench.

4. Bring Over Nikola Mirotic

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4. Bring Over Nikola Mirotic

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Chicago acquired Nikola Mirotic in a 2011 draft day trade. He has stayed in Spain since being drafted, but the Bulls hope they can bring him to Chicago this offseason. Mirotic has drawn comparisons to a young Dirk Nowitzki due to his ability to shoot from the outside at the power forward position. Convincing Mirotic to join the team for the upcoming season would be a huge accomplishment for Chicago.

3. Re-Sign D.J. Augustin

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3. Re-Sign D.J. Augustin

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D.J. Augustin's NBA career appeared over after he was waived by the Toronto Raptors early in the 2013-14 season. That all changed when the Bulls signed him to provide point guard depth after Rose's injury. Augustin experienced a career resurgence with Chicago, averaging 14.9 points and five assists per game. Now a free agent, the Bulls should prioritize locking up the veteran guard to a multi-year deal.

2. Cut Ties With Carlos Boozer

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2. Cut Ties With Carlos Boozer

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Carlos Boozer is entering the final year of his mammoth contract with the Bulls. Rumors of the team amnestying Boozer are growing louder by the day, but the Bulls can explore another option. Before amnestying him, the Bulls should try to trade Boozer this offseason. Chicago could find a suitor by pairing the expiring contracts of Boozer and Mike Dunleavy along with draft picks.

1. Acquire Carmelo Anthony

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1. Acquire Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony has indicated he will opt-out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks and become a free agent. If his priority is winning a title, there are few better options than signing with the Bulls. Chicago should look to add cap room by ridding itself of Boozer and make a legitimate run at Anthony. Despite his disdain for defense, Melo would make the Bulls an instant title contender.

 

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  • Anthony E Hinton

    I agree with 4 of the 5 on this must do list, because a wing scorer with ball handling skills is a must. To be in a position to win, Mirotic is a must. Resigning Augustin is a must. Losing Boozer is a must. But Signing Anthony is a big fat NO NO! Instead sign a 2 guard with size who can handle the ball, shoot 3′s, drive to the basket, play D, and stretch the floor so the offense isn’t being strangled anymore. Move Butler back to the 3, bring Dunleavy off the bench with Augustin, Snell, Mirotic, and Smith; while giving the rookies the opportunity to learn the system and earn a few minutes here and there. A vet ball handler at the 2 with Rose, Butler, Gibson, and Noah allows all 5 players a chance to get easy buckets. A reliable bench so no position is vulnerable, gives the starters a good chance to stay refreshed and healthy. This move allows the Bulls to keep most of their roster, but this time using them where they’re strongest. It costs less and leaves space in the cap to sign a few more vets to work with in practices. Constructed this way, all five starters will look like super stars, so why break the bank and pay a luxury tax when you already have a winning hand?