Jimmy Butler

Rajon Rondo

Chicago Bulls

 

2015-16 Season Record: 42-40 (-8 wins from 2014-15)

 

Departures:

PG Aaron Brooks--> Pacers

PG Derrick Rose--> Traded to Knicks

SG Justin Holiday--> Traded to Knicks

SG E'Twaun Moore--> Pelicans

SF Mike Dunleavy--> Traded to Cavaliers

SF Tony Snell--> Traded to Bucks

F/C Cameron Bairstow--> Australia

C Pau Gasol--> Spurs

C Joakim Noah--> Knicks

So, you think Derrick Rose will be the biggest loss? Yeah... No. Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are huge losses for a team that already lacked some emotion and competitiveness throughout the roster. Rose needed to be gone for a couple years now and while it was good to get anything of value for him (which they did), I wonder why it took so long. E'Twaun Moore is another underrated departure off the bench as he goes to the Pelicans.

Additions:

PG Michael Carter-Williams (Traded from Bucks)

G Isaiah Canaan (76ers)

G Rajon Rondo (Kings)

SG Jerian Grant (Traded from Knicks)

SG R.J. Hunter (Celtics)

SG Dwyane Wade (Heat)

C Robin Lopez (Traded from Knicks)

The Bulls added a lot of guard depth, targeting Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade as new starters alongside Jimmy Butler in the backcourt. Isaiah Canaan got a guaranteed year to add some shooting (which the starters cannot provide, as has been publicized) while Jerian Grant looks to bounce back from a lackluster rookie year with the Knicks. The underrated addition is Robin Lopez as the new starter at center, where every team he joins becomes better. It will be interesting to see how coach Fred Hoiberg spaces the floor with him and Mirotic in the frontcourt. Getting R.J. Hunter for the minimum is a steal, but will he find playing time with a glut of SGs?

Draft Picks: G/F Denzel Valentine (14th), SF Paul Zipser (48th)

Team Needs: Backup PG

To add some creativity and ball-handling to the offense, the Bulls took Denzel Valentine with their lottery pick, a National Player of the Year candidate last season at Michigan State. He will likely play every position from point guard to small forward off the bench. Paul Zipser joins the team from Germany. As the same age of a college graduate, Zipser's international experiences should prove wise to a team that historically gets nothing from its small forwards.

Player Decisions:

C Cristiano Felicio (.87 million non-guaranteed)--> Keep

Felicio did more than enough at the end of last season to justify keeping his spot on the Bulls roster. Plus, his minimum salary allows him to be a real bargain playing backup to Lopez. 

Draft and Stash Prospects:

F/C Tadija Dragicevic (9th)

F/C Vladimir Veremeenko (19th)

C Ater Majok (30th)

C Albert Miralles (39th)

C Milovan Rakovic (60th)

 

Current Roster (WAR/82):

PG Michael Carter-Williams (2.76)

G Isaiah Canaan (-1.11)

G Rajon Rondo (6.64)

SG Jimmy Butler (13.54)

SG Jerian Grant (-.44)

SG R.J. Hunter (.48)

SG Dwyane Wade (3.18)

G/F Denzel Valentine (Rookie)

SF Doug McDermott (-.72)

SF Paul Zipser (Rookie)

PF Taj Gibson (5.74)

PF Nikola Mirotic (6.20)

F/C Bobby Portis (-.65)

C Cristiano Felicio (2.46)

C Robin Lopez (4.30)

Current WAR/82: 42.38

Projected Record: 39-43 (9th in East)

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