Chicago Bulls: 4 Offseason Moves They Must Make
The Chicago Bulls have a tough offseason ahead of them.
Here are four moves the Bulls can pull off that will make them competitive without Rose, and a championship favorite when he returns.
Exercise Option on C.J. Watson
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While C.J. Watson had a rough go in this year's playoffs, shooting 24.1 percent from the field and showing especially poor decision-making skills at the end of Game 6, the Bulls should still exercise their team option on him.
Watson was very effective this season filling in for the injured Rose, averaging 9.7 points, 4.1 assists and nearly a steal in 23.7 minutes per game.
Although he's far from perfect, Watson is a solid offensive guard, and someone the team can keep at a relatively low price of $3.7 million.
Plus, with Rose's future absence, the Bulls need as much depth at the point guard position as possible.
Sign Andre Miller
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Speaking of adding PG depth, the Bulls should also look to sign Andre Miller this offseason.
Although Miller's nearing the end of his basketball career at 36 years old, he can still perform at a high level.
Miller backed up Ty Lawson in Denver this season, averaging 9.7 points, 6.7 assists and a very solid 3.3 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game.
He has that all-important veteran savvy and is the type of selfless player that would fit in well in Chicago.
Also, he hasn't committed to a return to Denver, stating that he wants to play for a championship contender, so it doesn't look like it would be too difficult for the Bulls to pull this signing off.
Sign Nick Young
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The Bulls would be wise to add a shooting guard this offseason given Richard Hamilton's inability to stay healthy his first year in Chicago.
And Nick Young is a solid guard who won't break the bank.
His game is far from complicated; he's strictly a scorer. But, he's a very good one.
This season he averaged 14.2 points per game while shooting 36.5 percent from downtown and 85.2 percent from the line.
Also, Young has been excellent in his first postseason appearance, shooting an absurd 59.1 percent on three-point attempts thus far.
Young would be a great option for a Bulls team in need of a perimeter scorer.
Re-Sign Omer Asik
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Although he missed two season-deciding free throws for them, The Bulls need to bring back Omer Asik.
In his second season in the NBA, Asik averaged 3.1 points, 5.3 boards and a block in only 14.7 minutes per game.
While those numbers are far from flashy, consider that Asik's 17.3 rebounds per 48 minutes rank fourth in the entire league.
Because of his rebounding and defensive prowess, Asik will likely be sought out from many teams during free agency. But since Asik is a restricted free agent, the Bulls can match almost every offer.
And considering the Bulls are built on rebounding and defense, they would be crazy not to.