Nov 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) and Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) stand on the court during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Chicago Bulls challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers?

With Derrick Rose returning from injury, the Chicago Bulls know they can make a run at an NBA title. That’s why they used the offseason to sign Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol and Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić.

Their biggest threat figured to be the Miami Heat, who have won the last four Eastern Conference Championships. However, once LeBron James left for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they became the favorite in the east. Now that they have also acquired Kevin Love, they may the favorite in the entire league.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Bulls can challenge the Cavaliers if they’re healthy.

That really is a tough one, because part of me wants to give them time to develop and get settled in together before placing all of those expectations on them. They went for it with that move, and regardless of what they say about patience they are expected to at least be in the mix for the East’s crown for at least the next 3-4 years.

The Bulls will need to be healthy if they want to be a part of that discussion, although on paper they look like the most complete team in the EC with all things being considered…but that’s why they play the games. No such thing as a paper champion. One thing I’m happy about is the fact that the EC should be significantly improved this season.

The Bulls’ best bet is to get the Cavaliers now. After a season together, the Cavaliers should be even better and will likely enter the 2015-2016 season as the heavy favorite.

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