NBA Twitter has a meltdown over Bulls’ trade deadline decisions

Marc Eversley, Arturas Karnisovas, Chicago Bulls (Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)
Marc Eversley, Arturas Karnisovas, Chicago Bulls (Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports) /

Another year, another terribly disappointing trade deadline for the Chicago Bulls. There’s no point in mincing words at this point, the front office is failing this team and fans are justifiably mad about it. Bulls fans have proven once before how determined they can be to drive out the team’s decision-makers for doing an inadequate job, so AKME better tread carefully from this point on.

Arturas Karnisovas is now set to discuss his trade deadline decisions in just over an hour from now. He’ll be available at 5:45 ET / 4:45 CT.

Ideally, the fanbase’s frustration will be accurately conveyed tonight and he takes the feedback to heart. After all, most of the negative feedback online stems directly from Karnisovas’ inactivity during a pivotal trade deadline that offered more than enough opportunities to improve (or blow things up).

Although they appeared to be trending upward, the Chicago Bulls just blew a massive opportunity at the trade deadline to the dismay of fans online.

We’ve now seen two trade deadlines and a free agency period come to pass over the past 12 months, and the Bulls have made no significant additions or moves in that span. Any actual effort to improve has instead been replaced with sermons about “continuity” and outside of that, a whole lot of radio silence from the front office.

It seems people are finally catching on to the act, however, as Arturas Karnisovas has accomplished nothing in Chicago despite claims he’d like to build a winning organization. This front office seems unmotivated to improve, making it that much harder for the fans to approve of this toothless behavior.

While the fanbase may have shared mixed opinions on whether improving to compete or blowing it up to tank was the right move, I think everyone was in agreement that standing still as the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference would be a horrible decision. And that’s precisely what the front office did.

This is nothing new, of course, as SBN’s Ricky O’Donnell gave us a grim reminder of what Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s philosophy and approach to winning is.

For a minute there, it seemed like the Bulls did have some traction on a shocking move, as reported by Joe Cowley. The report stated the Bulls were entertaining offers for Zach LaVine, with the Knicks drawing strong interest. This got the fanbase talking and ultimately reaching mixed opinions, but it all proved to be for naught in the end.

Instead, the Bulls will now have to look to the buyout market yet again to continue improving. As you may remember, Tristan Thompson was Chicago’s ‘big mid-season addition’ last year, despite having little to no impact for the Bulls in the end. I wouldn’t expect much more this year around either, so don’t get your hopes up.

The Bulls will now have to put this all behind them tonight, as they take on a Brooklyn Nets squad that will be severely undermanned in the aftermath of trading away Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Even if the trade deadline was a massive disappointment for you like it was for me, hopefully the Bulls can finish strong tonight and provide at least one silver lining to what has been a particularly damning night for this team’s future.

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