Feb 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (left) and point guard Derrick Rose (right) with "Benny the Bull" in the background during the second half against the New Jersey Nets at the United Center. The Nets beat the Bulls 97-85. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Worst Case Scenario: What Chicago Must Avoid On Draft Night


With the draft less than 24 hours away, the Bulls front office is weighing every possible option they can take before it’s too late. The thing with the draft is that is absolutely unpredictable at times. You can make off like a thief with a great second-round selection… or you could draft Hasheem Thabeet.  I’m here to take you guys through the worst case scenario’s for the Bulls on draft night.

The most obvious case would be trading Luol Deng for a draft pick, and then wasting that pick on a player that ends up being a bust. For the Bulls, it would mean having two holes in their roster instead of just one. Derrick Rose would be furious but his anger would look childish next to the venom Tom Thibodeau would be spitting at Forman and Paxson. With a hobbled Derrick Rose, no perimeter threats and Carlos Boozer still in the starting line-up, this would be a huge step back for the Bulls.

Another scenario would involve the same procedure, except this time Chicago adds a decent talent to their team. Perhaps not enough to justify trading Luol Deng, but younger legs are enticing. While this wouldn’t seem like a bad move, it’d still be a challenge to get Rose and Thibbs on board. And you know fans would always be thinking about the “what ifs”. Chances are, the front office missed out on a player that would have made a real impact.

 

Mar 22, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters (3) celebrates after the semifinals in the east region of the 2012 NCAA men

 

Luckily, these two scenario’s aren’t likely to happen… seeing how Dion Waiters is a sure thing. Who knows, maybe the Bulls are the team that made him a promise? Wishful thinking: I’m good at it.

Anyway, here’s scenario number three. The Bulls don’t make any moves at the draft so they pick a non-impact player with the 29th pick. With Derrick Rose and Luol Deng missing a chunk of the season, neither of them are going to be 100% by the time the playoffs come back. Definitely not Rose, at least. The Bulls waste a season waiting for their players to heal up while the Heat win the East for the next three years because Chicago is far too mediocre to keep up.

In terms of championship aspirations, the 2012-2013 season is lost. It sucks, but if management take this opportunity to retool the team, it could be a blessing in disguise. By taking a minor step back right now and trading Deng for a draft pick, they could take a huge step forward for 2013-2014 NBA season. Losing on that opportunity makes for a pretty bad scenario. Seriously, I want something to look forward to while I watch John Lucas III burn holes into the hardwood.

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