It's time for the Chicago Bulls to blow it up

KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI-USA TODAY SPORTS

It's time for the Chicago Bulls to blow it up

Headlines

It's time for the Chicago Bulls to blow it up

By

Sometimes, even when you really want something to work out, it just doesn’t. This is the case of the Chicago Bulls and their current trajectory within the NBA landscape. Two offseasons ago, the team brought in multiple pieces that it believed would help them return to contender status but injuries and inconsistent play have limited the team’s abilities.

When the team brought together the core of Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Nikola Vucevic, many believed they were forming a team to deal with for years. And while they looked good at the start of last season, it has since gone downward for this franchise. It’s time to blow it up and start over because even with this core, the Bulls aren’t likely winning a championship anytime soon. 

Chicago has started this season slowly, currently with a record of 10-14. Things haven’t gone smoothly for the Bulls and much like last season, they have failed to prove they can hang with the elites of the Eastern Conference.

Now, DeMar DeRozan has been awesome for them since signing in Chicago. He averaged 27.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season and is playing at a high level once again this year. His average of 25.5 points per game leads the team again this season and the team should really look to bank on his high trade market at this time. The Bulls probably don’t want to trade DeRozan but his trade value won’t be as high as it is right now going forward. They could likely get some nice value for him that they could put towards rebuilding this team.

Another one of their big free agent prizes from the 2021 offseason, Lonzo Ball, has yet to play this season due to injury. He was limited to only 35 games this last season and hasn’t lived up to his potential throughout his career. The Bulls still owe Ball over $20 million per year for the next two seasons after this current year so that could also hinder any future plans with the salary cap.

The one piece that the Bulls may look to keep around if they do decide to blow things up is LaVine. They recently signed him to a massive extension that will keep him in Chicago until the 2026-2027 season. LaVine is only 27-years-old still and the team could decide to build around him if they wanted.

The worst place for a NBA franchise to be in is the middle of the pack and that is exactly where the Bulls are right now. Trading away some key players may mean having a down year or so but it takes just one offseason to get things trending in the right direction. Trading guys like DeRozan, Vucevic, and even guard Alex Caruso could allow Chicago to gain additional assets to help get them back to where they need to be.

The NBA is much better when the Bulls are relevant and the franchise owes it to the loyal Chicago fans to become contenders again. They tried with this core and that is all fans can ask for. However, it hasn’t worked out the way that they hoped and making a change may be for the best.

Latest

More The Wright Way Network