The Chicago Bulls made their first big splash of the offseason, trading guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks in exchange for some solid role players. It was a questionable move by Chicago, one that Rose himself couldn’t explain, but it happened and both sides are moving on.
According to Nick Friedell of ESPN, the Bulls are not done making moves as a few other players could be on the way out as well.
Respected veterans Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy could be moved in the coming weeks as the Bulls continue restructuring. Jose Calderon, another player acquired from the Knicks, doesn’t figure into the Bulls’ long-term plans at all.
By drafting Denzel Valentine, the Bulls could try and go super young to build their roster up.
Bobby Portis showed flashes of promise in his rookie season; same goes for Jerian Grant, the most intriguing import from the Knicks trade. But neither player showed the consistency that rotational players need in the league. Nikola Mirotic disappointed in his second season after a nice rookie campaign. Doug McDermott improved a bit from an empty rookie year, but also hasn’t shown enough to warrant confidence in his long-term prognosis. Tony Snell played poorly throughout the year and may not be around much longer. Cris Felicio finished the year with a few solid games, but remains a project with a long way to go.
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