2014-2015 Chicago Bulls Thread

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  1. little bear

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    NBA draft is in four weeks, teams are getting ready for Free Agency - it's time for a new Bulls thread.

    I don't think Thibs is going anywhere. With Rose coming back from injury and hopefully a nice addition in FA, the Bulls could be a surprise next season.

    They are rumored to target Melo or Kevin Love in FA, we'll see how that turns out. If they're serious about winning a championship they have to add another playmaker. Rose is injury-prone, Boozer probably won't be there next season and Noah can't do this all by himself.

    We need Melo or Love!

    Hinrich and Augustin are both FA, it will be interesting to see who gets to come back. Hinrich is more complete but Augustin has been a pleasant surprise so far. They can't keep both and sign a FA, though.

    What position should they target in the draft?
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    Love is not a free agent til next off season. But they are looking into trading for him
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    Didn't know that. What do you think would they have to give up for him?
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    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

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    A shit ton.

    Minimum... their two firsts this year plus a first next year and maybe Gibson or Noah...... that may be much more than needed.... but he is gonna cost a shit ton
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    There's no way I would trade Noah for any player right now. That's crazy.
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    Love isn't getting traded for 2 or 3 firsts AND a starting caliber player, he's good he's not that good. And if a team does give that kind value away I hope it's not the Bulls.
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    I'd rather sign Carmelo anyway. ^^
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    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

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    Problem is you need an inside pressence also, that is a legit scoring option and you don't have that.

    If I could believe Rose would be healthy for even 1 year I'd hate the idea of Melo, sadly I have no doubt that Rose will get hurt for another year 1-2 mo's into the season.
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    Thibs is the best head coach the Bulls have had since Phil Jackson. That would be the biggest mistake.
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    Depends.... Do you want a coach who may not want to be there?
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    Has Thibs ever made any comment that he wants out of CHI?
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    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

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    Publicaly? Probably not.
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    I'd put that hundie down on him, and win too. No way Thibs is getting traded to the graveyard that is Memphis.
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    Thibs is staying put. I don't believe the Bulls are crazy and/or stupid enough to let go of the best coach they had since Phil Jackson.

    Regarding Melo, I don't see a problem in pursuing him just as long as his asking price is reasonable. He's good, but not worth gutting the team over like the Knicks did in getting him.
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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...-carmelo-anthony-or-kevin-love-arent-acquired

    Chicago Bulls' Plan B Options If Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love Aren't Acquired

    It's no secret that the Chicago Bulls would like to add an offensive star to their roster this offseason.
    Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love are the two biggest names that could be available—Anthony via free agency, should he choose to opt out of the final year of his deal, and Love through trade.
    Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com confirms the team's interest in both, listing Anthony as its top target.
    If either were teamed up with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, Chicago would instantly become a top-three team in the Eastern Conference—if not the best overall.
    Unfortunately, superstars like Love and Anthony aren't easy to come by, especially via trade. Chicago would have to move some serious money around in order to sign Anthony, and the team would also have to give up quite a bit in a package for Love.
    While the Bulls should certainly try their best to acquire either star, falling short wouldn't make their offseason a failure, either.
    Plenty of options remain on the free-agent market and trade block. If Chicago swings and misses on Anthony and Love, these five players would be nice consolation prizes to help bring some offense to the Windy City.


    Trevor Ariza, SF, Washington Wizzards

    2013-14 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.6 SPG, 15.8 PER
    Contract: Unrestricted free agent
    Ariza's play was key to the Wizards' turnaround this season, as he started 77 games for Washington at small forward.
    Chicago fans caught a glimpse of the 28-year-old as his 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game helped lead the Wizards past the Bulls in their opening playoff round.
    One key improvement Ariza has made in his game since entering the league has been outside shooting. Ariza connected on a career-best 40.7 percent of his three-pointers this past season, chipping in 2.3 a game. The Bulls ranked in the bottom third of the league in three-point makes, attempts and percentage in 2013-14, per ESPN.com, and could definitely use Ariza to help space the floor and create driving lanes for guys like Rose and Jimmy Butler.
    As would be the case for any significant free agent they may sign, the Bulls would likely have to amnesty forward Carlos Boozer and the remaining $16.8 million on his contract.


    Eric Gordon, SG, New Orleans

    2013-14 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.1 SPG, 14.9 PER
    Contract: Two years, $30.4 million (player option)
    Gordon had somewhat of a rebound year in 2013-14, playing in 64 games after knee and ankle surgeries hampered most of his first two years in New Orleans.
    John Reid of The Times-Picayune states that Gordon was actually quite durable until late in the season:

    Before he was injured in a March 21 game against the Atlanta Hawks, Gordon had totaled the second most minutes on the team with 2,057 and had missed just four games, which included three games in December for a sore right hip.
    He also points out that the 25-year-old guard still has plenty to offer when healthy:
    Despite facing consistent pressure, Gordon still had games like Jan. 15 against the Houston Rockets when he scored a season-high 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting. In a Jan. 28 game against Cleveland, Gordon scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had a season-high nine assists.
    While the thought of both backcourt members playing on fragile knees would be concerning for those in Chicago, one has to consider what the Bulls would have to give up to acquire Gordon.
    In a few words: probably not much.
    The Hornets used Gordon as their starting shooting guard last season but may now have plans to use him as a sixth man in favor of Tyreke Evans, per Reid.
    While Evans may deserve a starting role, there's no way New Orleans will want to pay Gordon, as a sixth man, $15 million a year. There may not be a great trade market for Boozer, but it would be hard to imagine the Pelicans turning him down in a swap for Gordon.
    Such a move would save the Bulls their amnesty provision while adding a proven scorer to their rotation.
    By doing this, they could add free agent Ariza without having to give up any assets in a potential trade.
    Stealing him from an Eastern Conference foe like Washington would be an added bonus.


    Lance Stephenson, SG, Indiana Pacers

    2013-14 Stats: 13.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 14.7 PER
    Contract: Unrestricted free agent
    If Chicago hopes to overtake the Miami Heat as top dog in the East, what better player to bring on board than Stephenson?
    Antics aside, the 23-year-old guard made huge strides in all aspects of his game in 2013-14. Stephenson is a nightly triple-double threat who would also fit in nicely into a stout, defensive Chicago team.
    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote back in January that the Bulls would have interest in signing Stephenson:

    If they fail to land a star of the magnitude of Anthony or James, there is a consolation prize. The Bulls would love to nab Lance Stephenson from the Indiana Pacers, move Jimmy Butler to the three and add highly touted Nikola Mirotic after using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer.
    Like Ariza, signing Stephenson would not only be a gain for the Bulls but also a big loss to an opposing East playoff squad.
    The next time Chicago meets LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the playoffs, things could get real interesting with Stephenson on board.


    Paul Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    2013-14 Stats: 17.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 BPG, 19.3 PER
    Contract: Unrestricted free agent
    Gasol has already stated his interest in possibly joining the Bulls now that he's a free agent.
    According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Gasol told Marca.com that he would consider the Bulls, Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs for next season.
    the Los Angeles Times noted in May that Gasol, "also said the Chicago Bulls, with the return of Derrick Rose and the possible addition of fellow Spaniard Nikola Mirotic, could be an interesting team."
    Even though he's 33, Gasol still brings a high skill level along with a lot of playoff and even championship experience. A career 18.3 point-per-game scorer, Gasol's offense would certainly help carry the Bulls, while his lackluster defense would be aided by the presence of Noah.
    While it's tough to gauge how much Gasol will be looking to make in a new deal, going to a championship-contending team like Chicago might help earn the Bulls a discount.


    Arron Afflalo, SG/SF, Orlando Magic

    2013-14 Stats: 18.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 16.0 PER
    Contract: Two years, $15 million (player option)
    The Magic are in full rebuilding mode and may be willing to deal Afflalo, 28, this summer.
    While he's a great defender, Chicago could really use his outside shooting (42.7 percent) and overall offensive game.
    Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel (subscription required) reports that Afflalo "wouldn't mind being moved to a playoff team" and lists the Bulls as a fit due to their need for a scoring wing and their amount of draft picks to offer in return.
    Speaking of said picks, Chicago would likely have to part with one of its two first-rounders in the 2014 draft. The Bulls currently own pick Nos. 16 and 19 overall.
    At just $7.5 million a season for this year and next (player option), Afflalo is a great value who would improve Chicago immediately while helping out on both ends of the floor.


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    Breaking Rumor: Chicago Bulls To Trade Draft Picks

    Multiple sources are reporting a possible deal between the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls involving draft picks.
    Reportedly, the Chicago Bulls want to trade #16 and #19 to the Denver Nuggest for #11. This move would allow the Bulls to select 5 spots higher and save $2.5 million in cap space.
    Two hours ago this broke….it’s now gaining steam. One thing is for sure, the Chicago Bulls are definitely trying to move up.
    According to @chadfordinsider, #Nuggets and #Bulls are working on a trade that would send 11th pick to Chicago in exchange to 16 and 19 pick— Orazio Cauchi (@paxer89) June 10, 2014

    http://chicagofanboard.com/post/5638/breaking-rumor-chicago-bulls-to-trade-draft-picks
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  18. little bear

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    They are willing to give up a second first-round pick just to save $2.5MM? It does sound a bit crazy, doesn't it? Or is there more behind it?
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    They might like a player they don't expect to fall to their first pick.... Plus they are kinda against the wall as far as cap space goes
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    Jimmors The Rhymenoceros Staff Member SuperFan

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    Ah, Bleacher Report, too stupid to realize that its Pau, not Paul.
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