The Chicago Bulls entered this summer as a franchise who has lived and died on the knees of their star player Derrick Rose of late.
When he was healthy, they made it to the Eastern Conference finals and were in the discussion as being one of the best teams in the league. When he has been injured, they have simply been a team that fights hard to get to the playoffs but can’t advance very far once they get there.
This is the first summer since 2010 where they have had the chance to significantly shake up their roster. They went into free agency knowing they needed one thing and one thing badly: scoring.
There’s no question that the Bulls are an elite defensive team behind coach Tom Thibodeau. Without Rose though, they have struggled to keep up offensively. Even with a healthy Rose expected to return for the start of the 2014-15 season, they knew they needed more scoring to compete for a title.