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Bulls not going to make moves thinking making a run this season

Nov 27, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT


Derrick Rose is done for the year and when he went under the knife the Bulls championship dreams for this year went under as well.

Does it have to? Can the Bulls retool and make a run this year?


I’ve been asked that a couple times (via email and on a sports talk radio show) and the answer is no for a couple of reasons. For one: Who you going to get that can replace what you expected out of Rose anyway? Miami isn’t trading LeBron James, the Clippers are not sending you Chris Paul. There aren’t guys like Rose around the league you can just go get — and even if there were what the Bulls would have to give up in a trade for one would gut the roster.

Second, the Bulls are not going to go that direction anyway. They are thinking long term. Look at what GM Gar Forman told Sam Smith a about making trades.

“It’s still too early in the process and we’re not going to make any rash decisions. We feel there is a bright future ahead and we believe we are positioned well. Look, we fully expect Derrick to come back 100 percent for next season. This basically was a freak injury. This was not due to the ACL or some fatigue of other factor. We have a young nucleus of veterans basically in their 20’s; we have multiple draft picks, including a pick from Charlotte in one of the next three drafts; we have the rights to Nikola Mirotic, who has been the best young payer in Europe the last two years. I know people get tired of hearing it sometimes, but we also have the possibility of flexibility in free agency this summer or next. So we feel we are in a good position, and we will be getting Derrick back.”

Joakim Noah gets it, too, as he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Asked after the 89-83 overtime loss Monday against the Jazz if he thought rebuilding was a viable option for the front office, Noah said, “I think it’s possible. I mean, yeah.’’

Chicago has Luol Deng in the last year of his deal and they will listen to offers — they are not going to get anywhere near equal value (and stop dreaming of a lottery pick in this draft), but they could get a couple nice young pieces. You can combine that with Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler who are locked down (Butler is still on his rookie deal), plus Rose and the guys Forman talked about… you have a core.

Then if you amnesty Carlos Boozer you might make a run at free agents this summer such as Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph (if he opts out), Danny Granger and others. Or you can hold that cap space another year and chase the 2015 class led by Kevin Love (if he opts out as expected)

The Bulls have options and flexibility going forward — they are a couple smart moves from retooling as a contender.

Well, smart moves and Rose staying healthy.

  1. fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Chicago wasn’t going to win with Rose and that roster and they certainly can’t win
    without Rose and that roster and who could they trade for that makes them championship
    caliber and why would a team trade that player to Chicago.

    Derrick Rose is breaking down, his best days may be behind him.

  2. fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Michael Wilpons continuously drilling of nyc has blighted his beloved Bulls and Rose,

    • pudgalvin - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      This guy?

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Kurt, I like your articles but I had to read the title 3 times and I was still confused until I read the entire thing.

    The Bulls should definitely not rebuild. They should give their young guys (Snell, Teague, etc.) valuable playoff experience this year – then next year if they can stay healthy, they can add another piece to their team and hopefully Rose will be back to 100%. They have to sign Deng at all costs though. They’ll be a contender again.

    • pudgalvin - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I just don’t see how they can keep Deng. Best they can hope for is what, 12 million a year? Even that might be low. I love Deng as much as the next guy, but that’s too much for a guy with an iffy jumper and minimal ability to create his own shot. His skill set is pretty much duplicated with Butler, only Butler is younger and cheaper. Besides, you’re going to want that money to sign Mirotic this offseason.

      I’m not the guy screaming tank the season (there is zero chance the Bulls can do anything to get into the top 7 of the draft this year), but I think you get what you can for Deng and move on. The Bulls still have a lot of pieces, and with Boozer off the books this year (probably, I know Reinsdorf is as cheap as they come, but even he’s gotta be on board with the amnesty) they’ll have a lot of flexibilty going forward.

    • tfilarski - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      resign deng at all costs? not a chance. Bulls shouldn’t give him more than 7-8m/yr

  4. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    How about Shump and Stoudemire for Deng and Boozer?

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      NO way Chicago ever does that.

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        maybe the Knicks front office is smoking crack too.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        NY is the crack capital.

    • pudgalvin - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      The Bulls will take exactly zero dollars in long term money for Boozer. No way either of these players gets traded for a veteran with a bad contract. And the Bulls already have Shumpert, his name is Jimmy Butler.

  5. antistratfordian - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    The Bulls should trade Rose. With that defense, and some luck, they could potentially get someone in return that can put them in the Eastern Conference Finals in this version of the East.

    Rose for Rondo.

    I know, I know… relax.

    • fanofevilempire - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Rose is a car with NO engine and a great paint job.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Kind of like the Knicks.

  6. iowahbr - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    the Bulls keep saying that building about Rose is the answer and that nothing will happend to alter that plan. Got rid of RIP and got Dunlevey but did little else over the last 12 months. the last 4 games have been a clear indication that the Bulls are lost without a top level Rose and if he can’t come back as good as his MVP season the whole plan comes apart for next year.

    A really big gamble and it’s not like Rose is a modern version of the Big O and plays his best in the
    half court at 3/4 speed. A real shame.

  7. edavidberg - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Bulls need to trade Deng immediately. He is only hurting their own chances of making the lottery.

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