Best Potential 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline Deals for the Chicago Bulls

January 5th, 2017 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Having flipped the calendar to the new year, we’re getting clear on where the Chicago Bulls are headed.

Head coach Fred Hoiberg demonstrated as much by taking former starter Rajon Rondo out of the rotation and inserting third-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams as the starter. While that move works better for the present, it also bodes better for the future, in that it suggests the front office is finally thinking of one.

There are, however, problems with a fundamentally flawed roster. The Bulls still don’t have a point guard with range, and to build for tomorrow, they need to do so around Jimmy Butler. As Kevin Ferrigan of points out, that means surrounding Butler with guys who can shoot:

When Butler has played with space, he’s been even more remarkable. In 187 minutes he’s shared with (Nikola) Mirotic and Doug McDermott, this team’s two best shooters for their positions, Butler is scoring 50.8 points per 100 possessions on 62.8% true shooting, which is obviously freaking nuts.

More importantly, the Bulls offense is blitzing the league at 123.2 points scored per 100 possession ...

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