Chicago Bulls: Playing Fact or Fiction with Pre-Draft Rumors

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Chicago Bulls: Playing Fact or Fiction with Pre-Draft Rumors
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Last year, the Chicago Bulls were ousted early on in the finals.

If that wasn’t disappointing enough, they lost their star player and 2011 MVP, Derrick Rose, for the bulk of the 2013 season when he tore his ACL. This leaves a hole at the starting point guard spot.

There is also a proven need for a second scorer, even after Rose returns, which has spurned speculation that Luol Deng is being “shopped” so the Bulls can have a chance to move up in the draft.

There were other issues that affected the Bulls. Carlos Boozer, who is being paid $15 million a year, had a relatively mundane postseason, as he scored just 13.5 points per game and shot a meager .435 true shooting percentage.

There are three players, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson, who have non-guaranteed contracts.

Finally, there are players who aren’t under contract for next year. Of these, the one who has drawn the most attention is restricted free agent Omer Asik.

Because of all of these things, a team which was relatively complete going into the postseason has been beset with a plethora of rumors. Which ones are true and which are bogus? We’ll explore them one by one. 

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