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5 Post-Draft Moves the Chicago Bulls Should Make

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5 Post-Draft Moves the Bulls Should Make

Carmelo Anthony
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The Chicago Bulls hit a home run in the 2014 NBA Draft by landing big-time scorer Doug McDermott. Now it's time for them to turn their attention to the most important aspect of the offseason, free agency. The Bulls need to do what they can to land an elite scorer, which could turn them into a championship contender.

5. Re-Sign Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich
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5. Re-Sign Kirk Hinrich

Kirk Hinrich
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Hinrich wasn't great for the Bulls last season, but he is a solid player who is a good fit playing alongside Derrick Rose. At this point in his career, he is a limited offensively, but is still an above average defender. Chicago can't afford to pay him much above the minimum, but Hinrich may be willing to take less to try to win a title as a Bull.

4. Trade Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Mike Dunlevy Jr.
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4. Trade Mike Dunleavy Jr.

Mike Dunlevy Jr.
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Thanks to the selection of McDermott, the Bulls are free to trade Dunleavy Jr., who is scheduled to earn .2 million this season. With Tony Snell and McDermott, the Bulls are set at the small forward position and McDermott can replace his perimeter shooting. If Chicago wants to sign a big name free agent, trading Dunleavy Jr. is essential.

3. Find Some Gems For the Minimum

D.J. Augustin
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3. Find Some Gems For the Minimum

D.J. Augustin
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It's safe to say the Bulls may not have made the playoffs without the contribution of Augustin, who averaged 14.9 PPG for Chicago last season, while shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. He signed for the minimum and was a reclamation project. If the Bulls sign a player like Carmelo Anthony, they will need to find some gems for the minimum, just like with Augustin last season.

2. Trade or Amnesty Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer
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2. Trade or Amnesty Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer
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One way or another, if the Bulls are going to get a star player this summer, they are going to have to dump Boozer's contract. If they are lucky, they can convince the Knicks to take it back as part of a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony, but it's unlikely. The amnesty clause will have to be used and the Bulls will end up paying Boozer more than million to play somewhere else next season.

1. Sign Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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1. Sign Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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The Bulls want Anthony in the worst way, the questions is will they get him? The only way the Bulls can offer a max deal to Anthony is if they dump Boozer, Dunleavy Jr. and trade Taj Gibson. Without Gibson, the Bulls could field a lineup of Noah, Anthony, McDermott, Butler and Rose, but is that enough to win a championship? The solution is getting Anthony to take less Money, allowing Gibson to stay. If the Bulls can do that, a title is in reach.