There’s no denying that the 2021-22 campaign was a big one for the Chicago Bulls. After years of futility — they hadn’t qualified for postseason play since 2016-17 — the Windy City crew finished 10 games above .500 and stole a game from the defending-champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan somehow had a career season as a thirtysomething, Zach LaVine secured his second All-Star selection and Ayo Dosunmu emerged from the ether to become a key piece for the future.

For all the progress that they made, though, the Bulls still fell well short of fulfilling the potential that was evident when, relatively late in the season, they were sitting pretty atop the Eastern Conference standings. Instead, they were cut off at the knees — almost literally, in some cases — by injuries to Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and others.

And with Ball slated to miss a significant portion of this season as well, questions abound regarding the team’s ability to capitalize on its talent and make a real run at a title. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Bulls Nation, as the clock is already ticking on this iteration of their team.

Could Accelerated Timeline Necessitate a Some Kind of Reboot?

If time and money were no object, the Bulls would have every reason in the world to play the long game with their current roster. Life moves fast in the Association, though, and Chicago is already brushing up against some deadlines.

Dosunmu and big man Nikola Vucevic are both in contract years, with DeRozan and head coach Billy Donovan’s expiration dates coming soon after. Moreover, Bulls brass was reluctant to spend into the tax over the summer to help the team get over the hump in 2022-23.

With all of that being the case, one has to wonder whether it might already be time for Chicago to move some of its top guys and bring back some assets as part of a reboot. Speaking to Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney, one Eastern Conference GM expressed doubt that the Bulls would actually consider going down that road at this point.

“I don’t think they will take that approach,” the GM told Deveney. “They are committed to seeing what this team can do if it is all whole together, healthy, which it has not been since they brought everyone together last year.”

The GM opined that Bulls VP Arturas Karnisovas and his …read more



Rival GM Sends Strong Message on a Potential Bulls Reboot

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