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2012 NBA Offseason: Chicago Bulls

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, David Kay and Peter Christian of the The Sports Bank. Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
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Chicago Bulls (Last Year: 50-16)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

29. Marquis Teague, G, Kentucky: A Grade
Solid, solid value here. With Derrick Rose's injury concerns for next season, the Bulls needed to add some point guard depth, which is exactly where Teague fits in. I had him going in the early 20's and Chicago taking Tyshawn Taylor, so this is a terrific pick.

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Duurrrrrr 06-20-2013 10:31 am (total posts: 1)
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Walter doesn't write these........ As it clearly says Paul Banks does at the top of each article
DaBulls 06-20-2013 09:02 am (total posts: 1)
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First of all, get over the Carlos Boozer thing. Unless we trade him, he is playing on the Bulls next season. He was a double-double machine but he has, and always will, suck on defense. Second, Walter, Malcolm Thomas signed a 2 year extension so he too will be on the Bulls next season. The Bulls need a good overall (offense & defense) Center, a three point shooter, and a couple solid backups to win a championship. Our core is there and our coach is great, just need a couple of more pieces and to stay healthy.
Jay 06-20-2013 08:53 am (total posts: 1)
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1. Resign Belinelli
2. Draft Dieng or whoever is available between Plumlee, Adams, or Withey.

I would love to have Nate back but I doubt the Bulls can afford him. He's coming off his best season and might be his last chance at a good contract.
George 03-26-2013 04:13 am (total posts: 1)
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We should trade Rose for Kyrie
Omar 12-04-2012 02:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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MrMasstastic / @d2pans If he blows out his knee he'll have already made at least $10 Million gueanrtaed in the first 2 seasons of his contract regardless of health or performance. The average Arizona graduate doesnt even make $5 Million in their lifetime let alone $5 Million in 1 year at 20 years old. Good luck Derrick, would love to see you in Sacramento.
ShotCaller 10-19-2012 03:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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This season and all seasons in the near future will be washes unless Rose is paired with a terrific wing scorer or a low-block presence who can drop in 15 a game and draw opposing defenses inside to free up perimeter shooters. The last two seasons have shown that Miami can't be beat with outstanding defense and Rose alone. James and Wade will get enough shots to fall regardless; that's what superstars do. Also I don't see the Bulls sticking with Boozer beyond this year so I hope Taj Gibson will take that starting PF spot and won't be lost to another team.
Adam 06-28-2012 10:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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Great pick by my Bulls!! Now if they can add another shooting guard/ perimeter scorer, I feel they can make it through Rose's injury with a very respectable record. And when he gets back...... BOOMSHAKALAKA
rob 06-27-2012 08:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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honestly id make a play for dwight howard...if he signs an extension that is. he would be a perfect fit in chicago and would win multiple titles. he would get the titles, play for a city that would love him, be in a huge market, and create a lasting legacy(which is apparently another thing he wants) as the best big to ever play in chicago. on top of that, i think you would see a great improvment in boozers play if howard got here.
dangle 06-27-2012 05:57 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Bulls need to find another star; this year doesn't matter. They need another stud to pair with Rose. They need to think big, and shake up this roster.
Brian Scalabrine 06-27-2012 09:29 am (total posts: 1)
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How is re-signing me not priority #1 on their offseason needs list?
The Guru 06-29-2011 07:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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It vexes me that we're stuck with Boozer... but it seems that we're stuck with him. He did get hurt and he did get a little heavy in that time off (which will happen in any sport when you miss training camp) Hopefully his confidence and his explosion will come back... if they can add a Monte Ellis by trading Deng, I'd do it... but if they could add a Jason Richardson or J.R. Smith via Free agency...we'd be good
jlee1533 06-27-2011 05:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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Trust me, Vince is right about Boozer. I'm a Bulls fan first, but live in Utah and cheer them on. Boozer is a terrible playoffs player. I was so happy that he was leaving but I just knew I would be stuck with him in CHI. I guess he can help us with our seeding, then, look out.
Fitz 06-23-2011 11:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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You were right about Malcolm Lee over Travis Leslie. Just in the 2nd round not the 1st
Ryan 06-23-2011 04:49 pm (total posts: 3)
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How about a little respect for Bulls fans Walt> In your mock you have no analysis for either of the Bulls 1st round picks, and instead opt to tak about losing money on the Bulls Miami series and sleeping in a box for the 28, and a coml=pletely irrelevant Minnesota LA trade rumor for #30. Love ya, but what gives?
Chuck III sticks 06-23-2011 02:13 pm (total posts: 3)
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Here it is:
28-Charles Jenkins
30-Bertans or Mirotic
43-E'twaun Moore

2011-12 Season Summary:
After finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference, it was presumed that the Bulls and Heat were going to slug it out for a trip to the NBA Finals. That expectation quickly disappeared as Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the first game of the postseason. As a result, Chicago was "upset" in the opening round by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rose, the reigning NBA MVP, battled nagging injuries throughout the season; it forced the Bulls to rely on C.J. Watson and John Lucas III to run the point. That only worked out so-so. Rose's playmaking ability was certainly missed, and, when he was on the floor, he just seemed to be lacking some of the explosiveness and quickness that makes him nearly impossible to guard.

It wasn't just Rose that missed significant time due to injury. Free agent acquisition Rip Hamilton only appeared in 28 games and failed to be the team's missing piece at shooting guard.

With Rose and Hamilton out of the lineup, Luol Deng stepped into the go-to-scorer role and Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer had to play increased roles on the wing. As expected, Korver shot the ball from distance and Brewer brought his tough defense to the floor, but the overall wing play suffered without Rose running the show - Suffered and they still won 50 games, I know ... I'm being nit-picky.

Overall, the production up front was solid as the Bulls had plenty of depth and versatility. Joakim Noah was his active self, though an injury also kept him sidelined for three of their six games in that 76ers series. Carlos Boozer was solid, but continues to play below the massive contract he signed two summers ago. Taj Gibson and Omer Asik provided size off the bench and form probably one of the top reserve frontcourt duos in the league.

Winning 50 games was a major accomplishment. However, all that excitement and hopefulness of reclaiming the Larry O'Brien Trophy came crashing down with one injury. Unfortunately, that's how the Bulls 2011-12 season will be remembered.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Joakim Noah/*Omer Asik

PF: Carlos Boozer/Taj Gibson

SF: Luol Deng/Kyle Korver/Jimmy Butler

SG: Rip Hamilton/Ronnie Brewer

PG: Derrick Rose/#C.J. Watson

NBA Free Agents:

*C-Omer Asik (RFA)

#PG-C.J. Watson (TO)

PF-Brian Scalabrine (UFA)

PG-John Lucas III (UFA)

PG-Mikes James (UFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $65.6 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Point Guard: With Rose's status uncertain for next season, the Bulls need to find a veteran point guard as C.J. Watson simply cannot be relied upon to be the guy next season. There is a chance that Rose may return later in the season, but Chicago needs a Plan B in case that doesn't happen. With several quality experienced point guards on the free agent market, the team should be able to find a one-year rental for the starting lineup.

2. Shooting Guard: Rip Hamilton is washed up, Kyle Korver is pretty much just a jump shooter, and Ronnie Brewer is offensively-challenged. All that means the Bulls are still looking for an answer at shooting guard. This becomes even more of a priority with Rose out of the lineup since Chicago won't have his explosive ability off the bounce.

3. Re-sign Asik: Omer Asik's numbers don't jump off the page at you, but he makes a significant impact in the middle coming off the bench. Asik is a restricted free agent this offseason, and since size is always in demand in the NBA, some team could throw a semi-ridiculous contract his way in hopes of luring the big man away from Chicago. The Bulls don't really have the flexibility to pay Asik a ton of money, so they will try to get him to stay for an affordable rate.

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