The Chicago Bulls are in desperate need of some personnel renovations as they make their way into the offseason. They have had one of the worst drops in the league since last year, and if they continue with what they have right now, they will continue to stay as a mediocre 45ish win team for the near future. In order to change their ways for the future, they need to make some changes, and they need to make them NOW!
1. Fire Gar Forman: Gar Forman has been in charge for far to long, and he needs to be let go now. Throughout his tenure as the General Manager of the Bulls, Forman has made alot more poor decisions than favorable ones.
One example of a poor decision is the infamous Marquis Teague draft that we all have heard about for years. For those who may not know, it is reported that former coach Tom Thibodeau and the coaching staff wanted the Bulls brass to draft current Golden State Warriors F Draymond Green out of Michigan State. But, instead of listening to arguably one of the best coaches in the league at the time, Forman and co. decided to take a different route and draft Marquis Teague in the 1st Round.
Teague, a former Kentucky Wildcat, ended up playing in a total of 67 games throughout two season, averaging 2.1 and 2.4 points respectively in those two seasons. Green, on the other hand, is averaging 14 PTS, 9.5 RBS, and 7.4 AST per game THIS YEAR ALONE. So you could say that Thibs broke out the “I told you so” many times with Forman after that.
But it’s not just that! Forman has neglected to make very many splashes in free-agency over the years, if not any. In fact, the biggest names that I can remember the Bulls signing during the Forman era were Nate Robinson and an aging Pau Gasol. But, in the end, the front office failed to retain Nate Robinson after the stellar performance that he put on in the playoffs, and the amazing rapport that he built with the team. Then, they failed to keep Gasol happy, and now he is (reportedly) on his way out with free agency looming.
Nothing has really gone right with Forman at the helm, and what has been stated already isn’t even the half of what he has pulled with this franchise. The head honchos of the Bulls need to realize that the franchise can not move forward with this guy as GM. And if they happen to be reading this, they would be smart to let the man go right about now, right when they finished reading this sentence.
2. Trades, Trades Everywhere: I keep hearing all of these rumors about the Bulls considering trading Jimmy Butler this offseason. Now even though this sounds like one of the dumbest ideas on the face of god’s green earth, you actually need to think about it from a different perspective. That is, can the Bulls create a championship caliber team in the four years left on his contract with the assets that they have now? Because in my opinion, if this team can not make it to at least the Conference Finals within the next four years, there is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy Butler will be leaving the Windy City for greener pastures at the end of his contract.
Personally, I do not see the Bulls making it that far in four years. The team has lost Gasol and Noah (allegedly) to free agency this year through multiple reports, so their paint presence is shot. Then, you have Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose, who will be unrestricted free agents by the end of next season. So in the span of a year, you have a chance of losing four of the best players on your team, and you don’t have very much to back it up with. So where do we go from here?
If Noah and Gasol truly are not coming back, then the Bulls must trade Gibson, Rose, and Butler AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! I am sick and tired of this team finding a star that they want to build around, bringing in role-players to play with them, and then getting nowhere when it’s all said and done while that particular star’s abilities get wasted on this team; (Rose for example). So to fix that, let’s just wipe the slate clean, start off with a group of young guys with great potential, and a load of draft picks. Hoiberg would be able to build his own team, with guys he wants, and maybe Chicago can finally have a fully capable squad that can compete with the likes of Cleveland, Toronto, and the rest of the East. I don’t care who they get, as long as they are young, and have the potential of being quality players that won’t fizzle out.
Personally, I am a huge fan of Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers. The kid just finished his second year in the league, and finished with a line of 15.5 PTS, 4 REB, and 2.4 AST per game. Even if they can’t get Clarkson, there are plenty of young guys with cheap contracts that have great potential to put up high numbers early in their careers. They just need to look, and test the market!
I hate saying it as much as the next guy because I want to see the Bulls succeed, but it’s something that needs to be said. I’m tired of this team not doing it’s part of bringing in the right players to pair with their stars. In the end, the Bulls just need to get the Coach Thibodeau guys out of there and hand Coach Hoiberg a clean slate to work with. It will be the best for all parties involved, and it will be the best for the future of the team.