The Chicago Bulls haven’t had very much to be excited about this offseason so in an effort to get the further moving now, they are looking to manufacture some excitement and said future.
Gar Forman is hard at work with John Paxson to try and trade into the lottery to draft a top shooting guard.
There had been mild rumors kicking around in the last few days about the Bulls moving Luol Deng to the Raptors for the 8th overall pick and some other considerations. But now that Sam Amico from Fox Sports has stepped up and supported these rumors even further they are beginning to hold water.
Here’s the reason the Bulls want to move up: Derrick Rose may never be the same. Before the ACL injury that ended the Bulls season, there was an obvious need for a shooting guard to compliment Rose’s scoring but now that there is the fear he may never be the same, that need for a No. 2 scorer is even more desperate.
If the Bulls move up into the lottery, which they are actively trying to do according to sources close to the Bulls, then their targets will be Austin Rivers from Duke, Jeremy Lamb from UConn and Dion Waiters from Syracuse.
Currently the Bulls pick 29th overall and the likelihood that a shooting guard of the caliber the Bulls are seeking will be available at that slot is not good.
But to trade up the Bulls will need to part ways with a piece of their core or a vital part of the Bench Mob. Carlos Boozer is the name Bulls fans want to see go but it’s highly unlikely a team will want to absorb his contract. The most likely name to go is Luol Deng and possibly Rip Hamilton. Both have three years left combined with the Bulls and both are viewed as the most expendable pieces of the core.
Joakim Noah will not be traded to anyone. That rumor can stop now. He still has four years left on his contract and he’s the next most vital part of this team next to Rose. He’s staying.
So that means someone who doesn’t want to go will be moved if the Bulls are able to bait a team into trading with them .
If this scenario doesn’t work out then the Bulls will return to their previous plan of building in free agency with what little money they have.
Should Chicago miss out on a draft trade then targets in free agency include Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Kirk Hinrich and Adnre Miller.
Either way Bulls brass is looking to improve the backcourt for 2013 and are seriously preparing for a future where Derrick Rose isn’t the same player he was before he tore his ACL.
Bottom line: expect changes to the Bulls lineup in 2013, some of which appear to be drastic ones.