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Such a strange season for the Bulls last year. It all started before a single game was played, as Derrick Rose (I miss pre-ACL injury Rose so much), Justin Holiday, and a pick were traded for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, and Robin Lopez in the offseason. Then, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol were allowed to leave via free agency. Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade were signed to multi-year contracts. Tony Snell was traded for Michael Carter-Williams. Huh? At the trade deadline, Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott were traded away for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and Cameron Payne. Huh what? The Bulls ended the regular season with a 41-41 record and got the eighth and final playoff spot. Then they went up 2-0 over the number one seeded Boston Celtics!!! Rajon Rondo gets hurt and they proceed to lose the next four. Jimmy Butler gets traded to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and Lauri Markkanen around the draft. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 Chicago Bulls.

2016 record: 41-41

Key acquisitions:

Key losses:

Outlook:

Bleak.

PGKris Dunn is battling Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne for the starting point guard position. Please refer to Outlook section. Dunn is a very good on-ball defender and has balled out in Summer League games in the past. With that said, he shoots 37% from the field and 28% from three-land. All you need to know about Jerian Grant is that he’s in a battle with Dunn and is projected to lose. Payne had surgery on his foot. All you need to know about the Bulls point guard position is that Dunn is still battling Payne.

SG – Dwayne Wade exercised his Player Option in the offseason, but it sounds like there’s a good chance he gets bought out. All you need to know about the current situation is this quote from Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype:

“As his June 27 deadline to opt-in to the final year of his contract approached, the veteran shooting guard wanted assurances from the front office that the Bulls would field a competitve team during the 2017-18 season. Wade didn’t want to opt-in and then watch the franchise enter a rebuilding period. Sources close to the situation say that Wade received those assuarances. Jimmy Butler was also given the impression that he wouldn’t be traded, according to league sources.”

Wade opted in, then a few days later Butler was traded. Zach LaVine would be next on the depth chart but he’s recovering from ACL surgery. Justin Holiday would start if Wade or LaVine can’t go. Holiday is nothing special, but if he gets minutes, that’s half the battle.

SFPaul Zipser, Quincy Pondexter, and Denzel Valentine are your 2017 Chicago Bulls small forwards.

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Zipser is 23 years old, 6′ 8″, and 215 pounds. He shoots 39% from the field and 33% from three-land. He doesn’t do much else. Maybe the ball will attach itself like a magnet to Zipser for an occasional rebound or two. Pondexter is 26 years old and is recovering from left knee surgery. Valentine may be the best option out of the three. That is gross to write. He shot 35% from the field and 35% from three-land last season. The only Valentine I want in my life is Billy Ray.

PFLauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis are the power forwards. Nikola Mirotic may also re-sign, but why would the Bulls do that? Portis has had his moments and some in the universe have clamored to FREE PORTIS! There are all too many moments of F THAT GUY! though. Markkanen is the intriguing player on the whole roster. I had my doubts with him throughout the whole draft process, but I’ve started coming around on him. Granted, much of that has been due to his performance in EuroBasket. He’s been straight balling in that tourney and there are some NBA guys playing. We knew he could shoot, but he’s been displaying nice post moves, driving past defenders, and putting the ball on the floor. The most important aspect for me is that he looks mentally tough. The moments are not too big for him and he’s not backing down to anyone. He’s going to struggle his rookie year, but I don’t see any reason why the Bulls don’t throw him out there and let him develop.

CRobin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio are the centers. Lopez is solid and really balled out against the Celtics in the playoffs last season. He’s a nice pick later in the draft, but there’s limited upside. Felicio is Brazilian.

  1. Trizzy says:
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    Thank you sir, What a beautiful Friday for a Bulls Season Preview!

    Will I see a decease in seats this year?

    Cameron Payne has danced his way out of this team without really even doing anything.

    Mirotic fluctuates from bad to good and vise versa more than the temperatures do in Chicago.

    I had high hope for Valentine but got zero playing time his rookie season because of the new(er) Big 3.

    MCW is some kind of rubik’s cube that I don’t want to solve. Terrible.

    Wade was great to watch and had some fun in the beginning of the season, and then fell back down to rock bottom where the Bulls have been slowly trending towards.

    Just signing ridiculous contracts, I.E. Felicio. I mean hes not bad, but not worth that much!

    Thank you for the preview, I will be chilling with Lopez and his dog until this crap starts.

    Cheers,

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Trizzy: Ha! So poetic. Gonna be a long year for you. Hey! At least the top of next year’s class looks really good

  2. Matt says:
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    Fire GarPax.

    • Trizzy says:
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      @Matt: Amen

    • Son

      Son says:
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      No argument here

  3. Trizzy says:
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    Only one ESPN game this year lol. RIP TNT Bulls.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Trizzy: Ha! Such a crazy streak

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Billy Ray is my 2nd fav Eddie character. Axel Foley reigns supreme.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Lasandro: Good call!

  5. jw2 says:
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    League format: [H2H]

    Categories: [9cat]

    Number of Teams:16

    Draft Type: Snake

    No of Keepers: 0-13

    Also it’s a Salary Dynasty League with Salary cap at 145.320.000$.

    Who should I keep, except KD-Drummond-DAngelo-Brogdon?

    Less keepers means more draft pics.

    My team: http://i.imgur.com/uIy6s0I.jpg

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @jw2: Covington, Rose, Brogdon, and Winslow

      • jw2 says:
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        @Son:
        Thanks for your quick response and congrats for the great work your site does.
        I doubted about Covington bc of Saric, Simmons and JJ, but it’s a great contract.
        Also I wasn’t sure about Papagiannis bc of his rookie contract.

        • Son

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          @jw2: No prob. Thanks jw! I think Cov’s minutes are secure. Saric is the guy that loses out I think. I’m not a big Pap fan, but that’s just my personal bias

  6. anthony says:
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    Long term league..here’s a good one for you.

    Giannis G and Love or Lillard and PG-13?

    How close is this for you?!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @anthony: As much as I love G, I’d take the Lillard/PG side.

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