The Chicago Bulls are in the playoff hunt but they’re also looking to build for the future. Chicago is in an interesting situation as they want to rebuild their roster without having to actually do much rebuilding, but the writing seems to be on the wall given the way the front office has been operating lately.
On Friday it was revealed that the Bulls had taken calls regarding Taj Gibson and it appears the team is still looking to move Mike Dunleavy and Kirk Hinrich before the deadline arrives. Chicago Tribune reporter Teddy Greenstein noted that both the Bulls guards are the likeliest candidates to be moved, sort of putting to rest rumors of a Taj Gibson trade.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau was quoted as saying teams are calling because the Bulls have good players.
“We’ll get calls because we have good players,” Thibodeau said. “They have to take those calls and weigh whether something makes sense. If they think it does, they’ll get my opinion on it. That’s all I can ask for.”
That quote from Thibs is another painful cry from the head coach that the team isn’t as bad off as the front office seems to think, and trades don’t need to be made for the sake of being made. It’s not a certainty that Dunleavy and Hinrich will be traded, but if the Bulls elect it’s a smart cost cutting move, it will no doubt be executed.