So Chad Ford put out an article for off-season grades in the East [need ESPN insider but if you have it, here's the link]. He ranked the Bulls fourth.
No close your eyes.
Before continuing on to the next page, try and figure out what three teams rank ahead of them.
#1 Miami - Okay, no duh. If you didn't get this then you're probably not a basketball fan and got tricked into reading this blog entry.
#2 Washington - Certainly not going to argue much. John Wall may or may not be a great player, but if he is, then they certainly helped reshape their franchise. I'm not going to fuss much over that, especially given that Ford is a draft guy and thus always assumes every draft pick will live up to their full potential while handing out grades [though in Wall's case I won't argue].
#3 Indiana - In the words of the late Richard Jeni, if I had to describe my reaction in one word, that word would be 'I couldn't bleeping believe it'. Indiana let go of Troy Murphy, a big man playing the valuable stretch four role who had an 18 PER last season. They brought in Darren Collison.
Outside of that they had peripheral moves like adding long time journeyman James Posey or late lotto draft pick Paul George.
Seriously, are Indiana fans that excited about this?
The Bulls on the other hand, added a legitimate all-star in Carlos Boozer and better role players in Korver and Brewer. They also didn't lose anyone as talented as Troy Murphy in the process either.
I think it's fair to say the Bulls had the second best off-season in the NBA. I'm okay giving them third due to the allure of John Wall, but really, Indiana? Please.