Chicago Bulls: Three Things To Look For This Summer

Feb 21, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) brings the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) brings the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Bulls will have a busy few months ahead of them in preparing for next season, so here are three things that fans should expect to see this summer.

Despite the league’s offseason not starting quite yet (the NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 2), the Chicago Bulls‘ summer has been going strong. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the organization has a lot of work to do before the fall rolls around.

But what exactly does this mean?

Well, the Bulls do have the No. 14 pick in this year’s draft. So fans should obviously expect some fresh talent to be added to the roster.

Additionally it is pretty clear that some changes need to be made. And since the front office does not seem to be going anywhere, nor does head coach Fred Hoiberg, that leaves the rest of the coaching staff and of course, the team itself.

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These next few months will without a doubt be filled with speculation, rumors and drama. However, Chicagoans can still count on a handful of positive moves, taking the franchise into next season.

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Because Chicago finished with a 42-40 record, coming in ninth in the Eastern Conference, they are looking at acquiring a top rookie this offseason.

And for now, it seems that the organization will try and go after a guard.

Snagging one will not be hard in terms of finding a suitable guy, but the Bulls do need to face the reality that many of the best will probably already be taken by the time their turn comes around. This includes the likes of Kris Dunn and Demetrius Jackson.

There is the chance that the Bulls will try to trade up though, making things a whole lot more interesting. If the team is willing to give up a key asset such as Jimmy Butler, there is no doubt that  they could sign guys like Dunn or Jackson.

It just comes down to whether Chicago would be willing to do so, and/or if such a deal would even be worth it.

Regardless of what happens come Thursday, June 23, expect the draft to make some type of an impact in the Bulls’ future.

The Coaching Hot Seat

It seems as though everyone has a different opinion on Hoiberg. But at the end of the day, none of them matter: the newly appointed head coach is not going anywhere. A close friend of Gar Forman, the former college stud is highly liked and respected by the organization’s top tier.

But, the same cannot be said for any of the assistant coaches.

Although Jim Boylen will be back after not being hired by the Indiana Pacers, Charlie Henry and Randy Brown are both being replaced. While Brown is reportedly heading back to the front office, Chicago wants to see coaches with more NBA experience alongside Hoiberg on the bench.

The question is, who can the team go after?

Pippen Ain’t Easy’s Michael Rene Kanoy has a suggestion:

"“Hiring an ex-head coach or two also creates great synergy that often provides exactly what a team needs to make to the next level like when Rick Carlisle hired ex-Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts in 2008 and both formulated an NBA “flow offense” and a better zone defense with a small-ball forward manning the paint.”"

Right now, there are a multitude of both former head and assistant coaches looking to throw their hats in the ring for a top head coaching job.

However, since there are only so many available positions left, it would be worth investigating if they would instead be willing to help Hoiberg rejuvenate the Bulls.

The Chicago Trade Machine

There is no doubt about it: Chicago’s roster will not look the same, come October.

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Between expiring contracts, unhappy players, and financial limitations, changes are coming.

For instance, fans may want to start saying goodbye to Pau Gasol. Likewise, it seems that Joakim Noah is not coming back.

However, there has been much talk of trades also being part of the offseason plan, despite the fact that the organization has never been known for relying on them. Butler has been at the center of trade rumors lately, as has teammate Derrick Rose.

But dealing away star players is not so simple. And with Butler chosen to represent the team at the Draft Lottery, and Rose still having a year left on his contract, the Bulls are probably going to hang on to them both.

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In other words, Chicagoans should look elsewhere for trades, perhaps along the lines of Taj Gibson