The Bulls are waving the white flag

The Bulls are waving the white flag

If Bulls fans don't agree with me about the title then they do not see what I {and other Bulls fans} see. I know that there is disappointment from back-to-back failed playoff runs. Last season was especially difficult with the Derrick Rose injury. You mix that with the uncertainty surrounding Luol Deng, and the contract situtations with others on the team, then it's understandable that the Bulls front office is a little nervous right now. But I don't think that having a fire sale of the team is the answer.

The Bulls started this off season by declining the options of guards C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer, thus making them free agents. C.J. Watson signed with the Brooklyn {formerly New Jersey} Nets this week while Brewer also went to New York to sign with the Knicks. Then the Bulls traded Kyle Korver right before his contract expired which would have forced the Bulls to decide whether or not to pick up his option. He was sent to Atlanta in exchange for Kirk Heinrich, the same Kirk Heinrich that was drafted by the Bulls back in 2003 {We all know how that turned out}.

Then there was the fight with Omer Asik. Once the season ended he became a restricted free agent, at the beginning of this month the Houston Rockets sent him an offer sheet. Their offer was $25 million for three years, the Bulls were willing to pay less than half of that. Asik signed the offer sheet on July 20th, the Bulls announced on July 24th that they will not match Houston's offer. Asik is now a member of the Houston Rockets. If you may recall the Rockets attempted to trade for Asik back in 2010.

The Bulls have also released forward/center Brian Scalabrine, forward Mike James, guard John Lucas III, and they signed forward/center Vladimir Radmanovic who has only averaged 8.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for his career. Then there are the rumors about the Bulls trading Carlos Boozer, and then the concern of whether or not Richard Hamilton will be healthy this upcoming season. If there is any good to come out of this it is this: Derrick Rose will be back at some point.

Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah are still here, rookie Marquis Teague should be something special, and Jimmy Butler created quite the buzz during NBA Summer League play. But for the most part the Bulls seem to be in a rebuilding mode and I for one am not happy about it. Hopefully the Bulls can make a couple of deals and try to pull something together. But for the moment I don't expect the Bulls to do very well for the 2012-2013 NBA season.

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  • So many mistakes, so little time to point them all out.

    1- It's Hinrich, not Heinrich

    2- Korver was not traded for Hinrich. Korver was traded for cash considerations, and Hinrich was signed as a free agent. The two had nothing to do with each other.

    3- The Bulls could only offer Asik a first-year salary of $5 million, the CBA forbid them from offering more. So they offered him a 4 year, $24 million contract ($6 million a year). Asik is getting $8.3 million a year from the Rockets, and the last time I checked $6 mil is definitely NOT "less than half" of $8.3 million.

    4- The Bulls kept their starting 5 intact, plus their best bench player (Gibson). When you keep your top 6 players, you absolutely, positively have NOT had a "fire sale". Not "waving the white flag".

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Hinrich sucks, there is a reason why he was let go in the first place. I'd much rather have Lucas, Watson, and Brewer over him any day. And considering Korver ended up in Atlanta, it's practically a trade by default. As for Omer Asik, the Bulls weren't going to pay him what he was asking for this time around.

    The starting 5 is not intact for the following reasons:

    1. Rose is in on IR and won't be back until at least December.
    2. There's still a chance the Bulls could trade Deng.
    3. Rip Hamilton spent a lot of time on in the injured list last year, who's to say it won't happen again?

    Plus, Bulls fans hated Boozer towards the end of last season and want to see him traded. And be honest with me,do you want your backup center to be a guy who only averages 8 points a game? You can't honestly say this team has gotten better.

  • In reply to Gabe Salgado:

    He was let go to make a run at the big three.

  • Pretty much what Don said. Not a fire sale at all. Top 6 players are back.

  • In reply to truebluefan:

    As I said to Don, I say to you:

    The starting 5 is not intact for the following reasons:

    1. Rose is in on IR and won't be back until at least December.
    2. There's still a chance the Bulls could trade Deng.
    3. Rip Hamilton spent a lot of time on in the injured list last year, who's to say it won't happen again?

    Plus, Bulls fans hated Boozer towards the end of last season and want to see him traded.

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