The upcoming NBA campaign for the Chicago Bulls, will consist of two distinct segments; the first part will be as the club plays without All-Star guard Derrick Rose, while the second will begin when the former NBA MVP returns to the court for the Bulls. Rose is recovering from surgery to repair his torn left ACL, soon after the injury occurred in the opening game of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The franchise is hoping that their starter will return around the All-Star game break, so their mission now is to build a team that can keep them near the top of the NBA Central Division, until Rose can get back on the court.
Earlier this month, Chicago went “Back To The Future” as the team signed former Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal, making him the most probable player on the roster heading into training camp, to be the starter at the slot until Rose is ready to take back the job. Monday, “CSN Chicago” reported that the team is close to making several decisions that will determine the squad for next decision..
The website’s sources say that the Bulls may be nearing a deal with Free Agent shooting guard Marco Belinelli, a move that would add some good depth to their back-court. The native of Italy is coming off his strongest campaign in the five years he has played in the Association, in his second season with the New Orleans Hornets. Belinelli played in all 66 games, starting 55 of the contests and averaged 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the year.
It appears that Chicago will not match the offer-sheet that the Houston Rockets gave to backup center Omer Asik, instead they are pursuing veteran big man Nazr Mohammed, to come off the bench to replace starter Joakim Noah. The center recently completed season number 14 in the Association, as part of the Oklahoma City Thunder, playing limited minutes for the Western Conference Champions. The team is also reportedly in discussions with guard E’Twaun Moore, who was traded last week by the Boston Celtics to the Houston Rockets in the deal that netted the Celtics Courtney Lee. The Rockets released Moore, making him an unrestricted Free Agent.