Gone Fishin’: Bulls Edition

Sep 26, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) guard Rajon Rondo (9) and guard Dwayne Wade (3) pose for a photo during Bulls media day at The Advocate Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

This one here is personal! My Chicago Bulls were sent on an early vacation, again. 19 years now have gone down the drain without a ring. This year’s team, a team that was up and down from October until their 1st round exit in April, even had problems in house with each other. Talk about a disaster. Even with all of the inconsistency, this was a team that caught fire towards the end of the season and rode that into the playoffs to take a commanding 2-0 series lead on the top seeded Boston Celtics. The wheels on the bus blew out along with Rajon Rondo’s thumb and wrist. Who would of thought he was the straw that stirred the drink? Without Rondo, the Bulls offense came to a screeching hault quickly in games 3-6 without him conducting the train. Dwyane Wade looked like he had washed up on Lake Michigan, and Jimmy Butler looked uncomfortable initiating the offense. Insert Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams and Chicago was playing 4 on 5 when those two guys were on the floor. HC Fred Hoiberg had to turn to seldom used Isaiah Canaan just to get productive minutes out of the point guard position. Where were you Cameron Payne? A former lottery pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oh yeah, in street clothes. If Rondo doesn’t go down with an injury, I like my chances of this article being titled “Celtics Edition” instead of “Bulls Edition.”

Now, for the future. Beg for DWade to opt of his contract and do not exercise Rondo’s team option. Just because this team went up 2-0 on Boston, it was fool’s gold. Also find a way to ship out the contract of Robin Lopez and do not resign Nikola Mirotic. Between Wade, Lopez, and Rondo that will free up around $52 million in cap space. Renounce the rights to Carter-Williams and Joffrey Lauvergne and that’ll free up an extra $6 million in cap room. That sounds like a complete blow up and rebuild, but notice I did not say trade Jimmy Butler. Make those moves and retain Butler along with the young players Bobby Portis, Paul Zipser, and Denzel Valentine. That does not sound like much of a team left, but with a possible $58 million in room if they make the right moves that will allow the Bulls to go after Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Gordon Heyward, and heck even throw a max deals at Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant just to make some noise. Strike out on all of those free agents and then make the move to trade Jimmy Butler to Boston for their Brooklyn assets and start from scratch with a 5-year rebuild. Do not overpay for 2nd tier free agents and do not put the same product on the floor at the United Center. Just tank and rebuild if no top tier players are available.

Written By: Nyck Young

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