By Chris Peterson @cpetersonHDN on June 21, 2014
The 2014 offseason is a critical one for the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose is healthy and should be ready to start for the 2014-15 season, but Chicago has some work to do to surround him with enough talent to compete for a championship. The Bulls are determined to make a game-changing move this summer. With that in mind, here are five bold predictions for Chicago’s 2014 offseason.
Hinrich is nothing more than a role player, but he is a very good defender and is at least an adequate perimeter shooter. He is a classic combo guard who can play at the point if needed, which makes him a perfect fit to play alongside Rose because he can defend shooting guards. After averaging 9.1 PPG on just 39 percent shooting, he shouldn't command a huge contract and therefore should return to Chicago.
The Bulls have had conversations already with the Nuggets about trading the 16th and 19th picks to get the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. If the Bulls do trade up, they will be looking to draft a shooter like Stauskas, who is arguably the best three-point shooter the draft. The Bulls need scorers and Stauskas already has a developed offensive game that should only improve.
After waiting the past couple of the years, the Bulls are finally ready for Mirotic to come to the NBA. It will not be easy and it will likely require someone taking on Carlos Boozer's contract in a trade if the Bulls want to get Mirotic and Carmelo Anthony. However, even if the Bulls fail to land Anthony, Mirotic, who is considered by many scouts to be the best prospect in Europe, is not a bad fallback option.
The Bulls have been among the frontrunners to trade for Love all offseason, but with the Warriors now offering Klay Thompson, David Lee and a first round pick for Love, it's looking like the Bulls are falling out of favor. The Bulls do have a lot of draft picks, which the Wolves are interested in, but if the Warriors are willing to trade Thompson, the Bulls may need to part with Joakim Noah for Love and that simply isn't happening.
The Bulls are said to be the favorites to land Anthony and if he does decide he wants to come to Chicago, it would behoove the Knicks to do a sign-and-trade. The Bulls could trade Boozer's expiring contract along with Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler or Taj Gibson and some future draft picks. That would give the Bulls Anthony, plus the ability to use their salary cap exceptions to sign Mirotic and Hinrich.
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