The Chicago Bulls finished up yet another mediocre season about two months ago as they lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA play-in tournament. It was a disappointing season, so it was fitting for it to end in disappointing fashion. The Bulls got out to a good start in Miami as they hit a few threes early to go up 11-6, but it was all Heat after that. Miami won the game 112-91, and they went on to lose to the Boston Celtics who have now made it to the NBA Finals.

After going up 11-6, the Bulls surrendered a massive run and ended up going down by 20 in the second quarter. After they went down 20, the Bulls actually did a good job of weathering the storm. Chicago fought back and made it a seven point game in the third quarter, but the Heat turned things back on and ended up winning in blowout fashion.

The Bulls finished the regular season with a 39-43 record. They did get a win against the Atlanta Hawks in their first play-in tournament game, but they once again failed to make it into the playoffs. Chicago was just one win away and a victory in Miami in the play-in tournament would've sent them to the playoffs, but they couldn't get the job done.

So, another season is in the books for the Bulls. After starting 5-14, things went pretty well, but they are still far from satisfying this hungry fan base. No one really expected this team to make it to the postseason in the early stages of the year, so making it this far was exceeding expectations, but the fan base wants more. The Bulls front office has said that they are going to make some changes this offseason, but fans will believe it when they see it.

The first thing that the Bulls need to do is have a good NBA Draft. They have the 11th pick in the draft right now, but there's a chance that Chicago decides to make a trade to get a higher draft pick. One player to keep an eye on is G League Ignite player Matas Buzelis. The Bulls have shown interest in him, and ClutchPoints NBA expert Brett Siegel has a potential trade in mind.

Team Giraffe Stars forward Matas Buzelis (13) of the G League Ignite shoots the ball over Team BallIsLife forward-center Skal Labissiere (8) of the Stockton Kings during the G-League Next Up game at Indiana Convention Center.
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  • TRADE: Bulls trade G Dalen Terry, pick No. 11, CHI 2027 first-round pick (top-5 protected), and CHI 2029 second-round pick to Spurs for pick No. 4. 

“And here we are, arriving at our first trade to discuss,” Brett Seigel wrote. “The Chicago Bulls are one of the handful of teams looking to move up in this year's draft, with many around the league speculating that they have Matas Buzelis ranked at the top of their draft board. At the expense of Dalen Terry, who hasn't developed the way the team hoped for, and a future first-round pick, the San Antonio Spurs may very well be willing to trade down a few spots with some guards falling in this draft. It is important to note that the Bulls can't trade a first-round pick until two years after their current obligation to the Portland Trail Blazers is fulfilled. This is just the first trade that Chicago made in this mock draft.”

Trade grade: A-

All in all, this seems like a good trade for the Bulls. The front office has been talking about making moves this offseason, and this an opportunity to actually do something and show the fan base that they are serious about getting better. If they really want Matas Buzelis, then they need to do something about it.

The only player the Bulls would be losing here is Dalen Terry. Terry did not come on the floor often for Chicago last season and only averaged 3.1 PPG. Obviously they would be losing draft picks too, but it would be worth it to get a guy like Matas Buzelis who would make a much bigger impact with Terry. This would be a good move by the Bulls.