The Chicago Bulls currently sit in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference Playoff race. Although the Bulls have shown flashes of what they can be in games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they haven’t played consistent basketball yet this season, which is making people question if this team can in fact win a championship.
The Bulls roster looks almost the same as last year when they were knocked out of the playoffs in six games against a Cavaliers team that was without Kevin Love and had a hurt Kyrie Irving. The biggest change the Bulls made this off-season was bringing in Fred Hoiberg to be their head coach.
Hoiberg was supposed to fix the offense by playing a much faster paced game. The pace is up from last year but they are only averaging 0.3 points more per game. To say this team has improved from last year would be a tough sell. It may be only 30 games into the season, but the Bulls are far from championship contenders right now.
Jimmy Butler is a legitimate All-Star but he needs more help. Derrick Rose has to play at a much higher level for the Bulls to go deep into the playoffs.
The Bulls don’t seem to have an identity which is worrisome this deep into the season. The roster just doesn’t fit with what Hoiberg wants to do, which is run. The Bulls will need to make changes to their roster if they hope to hoist a title at the end of the season.
They are also going to have major decisions to make with Joakim Noah in a contract year and Pau Gasol with a player option. With the emergence of first year power forward Bobby Portis, the Bulls may look to move Noah, Gasol, and/or Taj Gibson.
Here are 5 trade targets the Bulls should pursue.
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