The Chicago Bulls roster has undergone the typical amount of offseason reconstruction. It isn’t over. There remains a one or two things to be seen — namely what will come of Carlos Boozer. But the bulk of it is done.
Pau Gasol, Kirk Hinrich and Nikola Mirotic are all done deals to sign with Bulls. Gasol and Mirotic haven’t been officially announced yet. Via CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam, Gasol should receive a three-year, $22 million dollar deal. Mirotic appears to be getting a three-year, $17 million deal. Hinrich signed for two years and $5.6 million.
Summer League sensation Doug McDermott is a Bull by means of a draft night trade with the Nuggets.
Greg Smith is gone to Dallas. Anthony Randolph is gone. As mentioned, Boozer is likely gone, too. On paper, the Bulls look like the East’s best team. But so much depends upon Derrick Rose’s knee.
Aggrey breaks down the depth chart and expected playing time:
Rose, Noah, Butler, Gasol and Dunleavy can be penciled in as starters, with Gibson and Hinrich considered almost pseudo-starters, while Snell, Mirotic and McDermott will get opportunities off the bench. Depending on the talent, fit and experience level of whomever the organization acquires before training camp, it’s probable that those players could also receive spot minutes.
It’s hard to think of an Eastern Conference team that looks better than the Bulls. But what’s the final move that would secure them the No. 1 spot? Is there a player available that would make them the no-brainer, team to beat? Hit us up in the comment section.