There are a lot of things speculated about the Bulls summer that I haven’t exactly been a big fan of. I don’t like the idea of Pau Gasol if they miss out on Carmelo Anthony. Hell, I’m not even that big of a fan of the idea of Carmelo Anthony. I also live in constant fear of Kirk Hinrich coming back.
But these are all things I could live with were they to happen. I wouldn’t be happy, but it’s just sports, man. It isn’t that big of a deal.
There’s really only one thing the Bulls could do this summer that would cause me to lose my mind, but it’s a good thing there’s no chance of that happ…oh? What’s that?
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The NBA Draft is on Thursday night, and as things currently stand, the Bulls have two picks: No. 16 and No. 19. Whether or not they’ll actually be making those picks remains to be seen, as there have been plenty of rumors about how they’re looking to move them to make more room for a Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love under the salary cap.
I was going to write this last night, but I felt it would be better to let my thoughts marinate overnight rather than just pulling the trigger. I was somewhat annoyed, after all, and I didn’t want to let any of that cloud my thoughts on the entire season.
But maybe I should have waited an extra day or two?
It was hard to find a silver lining in the Bulls blowing another one late Tuesday night but it was there.
You see, in the final seconds, there were the Bulls running their offense, needing a basket to tie the game and send it to a second overtime. It was the most important possession of the year because, while it wouldn’t officially end the season, getting down 0-2 in a series with the next two games on the road is a daunting task.
So what did they do on that final possession? The same thing they’d done on what felt like the last 15 possessions. The Bulls gave the ball to Kirk Hinrich and said “go do something, guy who shot 39% this season!”
You like Taj Gibson, and apparently other NBA teams do as well.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20, and while most trade rumors surrounding the Bulls are about Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy, there’s reportedly at least three teams that have already asked the Bulls about Taj Gibson.
The trade of Luol Deng signaled the beginning of a Bulls rebuild, and rebuilds typically don’t limit themselves to one player. There are reports that the Bulls are planning on using the amnesty clause to rid themselves of Carlos Boozer’s contract following the season, but odds are other veteran Bulls will find themselves on new teams before Boozer does.
Once Luol was traded other NBA general managers could smell blood in the water and have begun swimming toward the source. There are two veterans in particular that other teams seem interested in, and odds are the Bulls won’t mind parting ways with either if the price is right.