Bulls retooling team after underwhelming 2016 season

By Tom Burton

After a disappointing season that saw the Chicago Bulls miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the team needed to make changes for the future.

Chicago brought in former Bull and successful collegiate coach Fred Hoiberg last offseason, his first stint as a head coach in the NBA. Bulls General Manager Gar Forman made it clear that Hoiberg was here to stay, even after a rough rookie coaching campaign.

Forman said in a recent press conference that the team needed to get younger and more athletic to adapt to Hoiberg’s offensive schemes. This is when the transactions began.

The team made its first big trade in quite some time, sending former No. 1 pick Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks after an up-and-down eight-year run with his hometown team.

Along with moving Rose, the team drafted 22-year old shooting guard Denzel Valentine from Michigan State and decided not to offer new contracts to veteran big men Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.

Instead of getting younger like they said that wanted to, the Bulls brought in a pair of veterans to play alongside shooting guard Jimmy Butler. They began by signing point guard Rajon Rondo, who led the league in assists last year, to a two-year deal.

Rondo, a one time champion with the Boston Celtics, will play alongside 12-time all-star and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade, who decided to sign with his hometown team after 13 years with the Miami Heat.

Wade called becoming a member of the Bulls organization ‘surreal.’

With a strange core of Rondo, Wade and Butler, it’s unclear how good the Bulls can be. The new-look roster will have to adjust to each other quickly before the post-Rose era begins.