The Chicago Bulls haven’t been relevant for quite some time now, as the team’s ownership and front office were reluctant to go through a rebuilding process even despite lacking a true supporting cast for Jimmy Butler.
Now that they’ve fully embraced the tank, the Bulls have finally put together a decent and promising young core, and it looks like they’re just a star away from being a legit contender in the Eastern Conference.
They have young players, cap space and the appeal of an incredible city, a huge market and Michael Jordan’s winning culture, and truth to be told, they could become a tough team in the East in no time, but how? Let’s break it down:
2. Sign Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose was completely heartbroken when the team traded him to the New York Knicks a couple of seasons ago. He loves the Bulls and the city, and fans feel the same way about him. If he wants to stay motivated the same way he was this season, he needs to go full circle and join his hometown team.
Rose proved that he’s still has a lot left in the tank this year and that he could be a starting point guard almost everywhere in the league. The Bulls need veteran leadership and an upgrade in the point guard position, so it’s a tailor-made situation for both parties.
1. 2019 NBA Draft: Zion Williamson
The Bulls had the 4th worst record throughout the entire regular season, which means they have the second highest odds (12%) to get the 1st overall pick in this upcoming NBA Draft and use it to land Zion Williamson, who’s bound to be the league’s next superstar for many years to come.
With Rose and Zion, the Bulls would finally have the balance they need and the stars that could lure more top-tier players to the Windy City. Them, with Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr and Wendell Carter Jr would put together one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the East, and they’d be back in the playoffs in the blink of an eye.