The Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Boston Celtics, Saturday night in Chicago. It was a controversial season, and a couple changes are sure to come. What’s next for Bulls Nation?
Fred Hoiberg has had his run. Although they made it to the playoffs this year, I doubt it was due to great coaching. He’s had issues with players, and honestly winning period. Firing Hoiberg will appease growing adversity in the locker room and better prepare this team for a real winning season.
has a player option for the following season worth $23 million. The Bulls need Wade to resign, to further set themselves up as a free agent destination. They aren’t the best team, but they’re a strong franchise with more than one star on roster.
This season, Wade averaged: (18.5) points, and (4.5) rebounds a game. He had the second best three-point shooting year of his career with (31%). Though he’s entering a veteran time in his career, he still makes big plays and is a well-respected name across this league.
will play a huge factor in resigning Dwyane. If he’s looking at the same roster that got humiliated in Game 6, it’s likely he’ll defer to sign elsewhere (*cough* Cavs *cough*). As far as free agent targets, there a couple phone calls the front office should make.
‘s future with the Clippers is still not certain, but he’s expected to clear free agency. The Bulls desperately need a 4-spot player to fill this lineup, and Griffin would be nothing short of fantastic. They likely have the room to sign him to a max, so expect rumors to start circling between the two parties.
is expected to enter free agency after the Hawks 4-2 loss to the Wizards in Round 1. I don’t know if there’s any interest between him and Chicago, but he is a stretch-forward, and that’s what the Bulls require. He will be expensive, but Millsap is Millsap, and he likes to win. A veteran, this four time NBA All-Star excels in stretching the floor and is adept at defending all positions.
Whether Dwyane stays or goes, expect Chicago to make some calls. They’ll (hopefully) be dropping a couple contracts including: Nikola Mirotic, Michael Carter-Williams, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow. It won’t free up too much space, but anything helps when maxing out a free agent.
The Chicago Bulls aren’t that far from playoff contention (past the first round). Holding on to Dwyane Wade and super star Jimmy Butler are imperative, and signing a couple role players (or one star) will help their case. Hoiberg is a terrible coach, and continuing his employment with the team will only drive players away.
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