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Cody Delmendo | ESPN Peoria
Less than 48 hours remain before the NBA Trade Deadline.
We all know the problems with the Chicago Bulls. They’ve put themselves in a position that no team wants to be in: the middle.
Need a definition of the middle?
The Bulls have made it clear that on any given night they can beat the best of the best (victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs Boston Celtics and others) but they’ve also had many bad losses (double digit losses to Phoenix, Minnesota, Miami, and New York), which led them to a 28-29 record at the allstar break. They’re currently slotted in the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoff chase.
For a lot of teams, that’s good news if they’ve been a rebuilding team out of the playoffs for multiple seasons. But for the Bulls, who have qualified for the playoffs consistently for the better part of the last decade, it’s not good enough.
After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since the 2007-2008 campaign, the Bulls traded former MVP Derrick Rose to the Knicks. The move meant they were planning to build around Jimmy Butler and that became more clear after they chose not to trade him in June during the NBA Draft.
Gar Forman and John Paxson stated they traded Rose because they wanted to make the team younger. The front office duo proceeded to sign Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade. Both players are over the age of 30 years old.
A lot of fans and media outlets didn’t know what the Bulls were thinking. Most predicted they would be playoff contenders, but nothing to be afraid of. That is something the fans were not used too.
Fast forward to now and here we are. Exactly that.
To be fair, the Bulls were only Eastern Conference tittle contenders when Derrick Rose was healthy.
Forman and Paxson have made some great moves in their tenure as the head men of the Bulls front office including: drafting Rose, Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng. They’ve made some nice free agency signings and trades that have panned out. They even helped build the Bulls back to a contender after missing the playoffs for consecutive years after Michael Jordan retired.
However, a lot of fans want a big change. It’s even led to fans organizing a protest to fire the front office.
Given what the season has produced, I believe it’s time to revamp the franchise. This starts with trading Jimmy Butler. It would give the team a direction.
The franchise, which is known for being one of the more popular NBA teams, needs a direction and at this point it doesn’t.
I’m not an insider that could give you the latest trade rumor or scenario, but the thought that Wade, Rondo and Butler could co-exist together on the basketball court is gone on way to long.