The one scenario that the Bulls were fearing has indeed become inevitable.
Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 after successful surgery on his torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
So where do the Bulls go from here? With an aging core and a superstar out for his second season in as many years, you have to think that it’s finally time to blow the team up and start from scratch. But where do they start?
You can start by trading Luol Deng to a team that is one small forward away from contention. I’m looking at either Cleveland or New Orleans as possible landing spots. They are in both need of a defensive minded wing who can spot up, all while providing veteran leadership and toughness.
Then you look to amnesty the much maligned Carlos Boozer. He has been solid for the Bulls over the last couple year–much more so than Chicago fans give him credit for. He provided the Bulls with a steady flow of offense in the low post and also spotting up on the pick and role. But his contract is just too much for this team who should start looking to the future.
They have to start clearing cap space. Keep Jimmy Butler, who his on his rookie contract, and Joakim Noah, an All Star Center who gives it his all every single night, and hope that Rose can make a full recovery for next year. He has four years remaining on his contract, so there is hope that he can make that recovery again. They need to tank for the future. Charlotte’s pick should help in that regard along with a team that should start playing their younger pieces.
They need to see if Marquis Teague is indeed an NBA player. He looked good in preseason in spurts, but has struggled thus far this year. They also should try and get a good look at the other rookie, Tony Snell, who seems to have a good bit of talent that needs developing for the future.
All while doing this, the Bulls should be losing games. Do this in hopes that they can grab a top pick in next years draft. It is a loaded draft after all, with franchise changing talents in the top 6 picks. It’s a sad, sad day in Chicago. One eerily reminiscent of the one in May of 2012 when he first went down. It’s apparent that the Bulls front office has many decisions looming regarding the future of the franchise, but I think it’s safe to say that the core that we have grown to cheer for over the last 4 years has indeed run their course.
I guess we’ll never know what could have been.