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2013 Chicago Bulls

Team Needs, Free Agents, Season Preview

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Chicago Bulls (Last Year: 45-37)

2012-13 Season Summary:
With all the talk of Derrick Rose's recovery often overshadowing the actual product on the court, the Chicago Bulls quietly put together a very respectable season by earning the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and winning their first-round playoff series against Brooklyn. Without Rose, Chicago just didn't have enough to make more of a postseason push.

Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer primarily carried the offensive load, though Boozer once again lacked the consistency or star power to redeem his outrageously overpriced contract. Joakim Noah did all the other typical Joakim Noah things, particularly on the defensive end, though he once again battled nagging injuries throughout the season.

Perhaps the biggest development was the continual improvement of second-year wing, Jimmy Butler, who by the end of the season was going ironman style and playing all 48 minutes in the playoffs. Chicago also got sparks from late free agent signees Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli, who added some needed offense at guard. Rip Hamilton and Kirk Hinrich were solid role players at times, but fresh off his new contract extension, Taj Gibson failed to take the next step in his game as the main frontcourt reserve.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Joakim Noah

PF: Carlos Boozer/Taj Gibson

SF: Luol Deng

SG: Jimmy Butler/^Richard Hamilton

PG: Derrick Rose/Kirk Hinrich/Marquis Teague

NBA Free Agents:

^SG-Richard Hamilton (TO)

PG-Nate Robinson (UFA)

SG-Marco Belinelli (UFA)

C-Nazr Mohammed (UFA)

F-Vladimir Radmanovic (UFA)

F-Malcolm Thomas (UFA)

SG-Daequan Cook (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $73.2 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Get Rose Healthy: The Bulls had the best record in the NBA in 2011-12 before Rose's devastating injury in the opening round of the playoffs. Rose played it safe all season, choosing to sit rather than hurry back and risk a relapse of injury so that he could be at 100% for next season. After all that time, Rose better be at full-go and if so, there is no reason to think the Bulls can't crawl back near the Heat at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

2. Shooting Guard: Hamilton has a $5-million team option that I would be surprised if the Bulls picked up, meaning both he and Belinelli will be free agents this offseason. Jimmy Butler proved he is more than capable of being the starting the two guard, but Chicago needs to add a true shooter to the mix who can stretch defenses and allow Rose to do his work in attacking the basket. There should be some options available with the team's first-round pick who could potentially fill this need.

3. Back-up Big: Who knew the Bulls would miss Omer Asik as much as they did? Nazr Mohammed was a short-term replacement, but Chicago needs to find a more reliable backup big man especially with the recent injury history of Noah. This is another area the Bulls could look to address in the 2013 NBA Draft since there are some decent big men who should be available at No. 20.

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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

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