The Chicago Bulls haven’t made a big splash this summer by signing for Carmelo Anthony or trading for Kevin Love.
However, Bulls general manager Gar Forman says he is “pleased” with how the team’s offseason has unfolded.
From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell:
“We were really pleased,” Forman said. “We said going into the offseason we had a level of flexibility that we thought we could really upgrade our team in several ways. We wanted to have a deeper team. I think we accomplished that. I think we’ve got quality depth pretty much across the board. And then we wanted to improve our skill level and our ability to shoot the basketball to space the floor, and I think we were able to do that so we were very encouraged with how the free agency period went as far as putting our team together and putting pieces together that we think fit with the core guys we have coming back and fit with each other, the new guys coming in.”
The Bulls offseason signings include Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Kirk Hinrich and first-round draft pick Doug McDermott. With Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson also returning, Chicago is poised to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and a serious contender to win an NBA championship.
But there’s only thing that must happen for Chicago to play up to its potential and the team is well aware of what that is.
Forman (…) and Thibodeau know the Bulls are only going to be able to contend for a title if Rose stays healthy.
Rose, who is healthy now and preparing for the FIBA World Cup in Las Vegas, has played just 49 games the past two regular seasons.