The Chicago Bulls are stuck between a rock and a hard place, and even that age-old aphorism is putting it mildly.
The Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets have all taken dramatic steps this summer to improve their respective rosters in an attempt to leapfrog Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings. The Indiana Pacers still have the financial flexibility to make another move or two as well, though their stingy ownership may well stymie those efforts.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are expected to spend about half the season without Derrick Rose, as he recovers from a torn ACL, and all of it without Omer Asik, who's set to sign a "poison pill" offer sheet from the Houston Rockets. If the Bulls decide to match Asik's three-year, $24.2 million deal, they'll likely find themselves pushed into luxury tax territory for the first time in franchise history without having seriously addressed their glaring need for a perimeter scorer.
Chicago did well to snatch up Marquis Teague with the 29th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but what else can and should the Bulls do to patch up the holes in their roster and keep pace in the ever-improving East?