The Chicago Bulls sit in 9th place of the Western Conference just over halfway through the 2023-24 season. With a record of 22-26, the Bulls are just about where we expected them to be: in the middle and not really going anywhere.
Many believed this would be the year the Bulls would begin to think about unloading their stars and biggest contracts to start the process of rebuilding for the future. All-Stars Zach Lavine and DeMar DeRozan were the top two candidates and names floated around as potentially being on the move, along with Alex Caruso and Nikola Vucevic.
But we now find ourselves just one week away from the trade deadline and the Bulls have not made the move. One insider believes that is no coincidence.
Bulls missed their chance to pivot to the future.
Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic (Subscription Required) believes the injury-bit Bulls will be quiet and inactive during the upcoming trade deadline. He says it would be more surprising if they are able to make a move than staying together as is.
The Bulls have been without Lavine for a couple weeks now and will now be without Patrick Williams for some time, at least until after the All-Star break. Even when everyone has been at their healthiest, this team cannot find the winning formula.
What this really means is the Bulls missed their chance to sell high and are now stuck in no-man's-land. They gambled that they would either be a contender in the Eastern Conference, or the value of their assets would be more than at the beginning of the season. They were wrong on both counts.
Despite the arrival of Coby White and some late-game heroics from Alex Caruso, this team has gone nowhere -- which has been the norm in Chicago for the better part of a decade. This franchise needs a restart arguably worse than anyone else in the league.
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