Re-Grading Chicago Bulls' Moves from Last Offseason
The Chicago Bulls have made a bevy of moves this summer, but let's look back at the team's moves from last offseason and re-grade them.
Last offseason was much quieter than this year's, as the Bulls made just a couple of moves, such as signing Richard Hamilton and taking Jimmy Butler late in the first round of the NBA draft.
Here are grades for the Bulls moves during the 2011 offseason.
Let's get started.
Drafting Jimmy Butler
Chicago selected Butler with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
The forward out of Marquette didn't contribute much as a rookie, but he is expected to have a much larger role next season for the Bulls.
Butler could wind up becoming one of the biggest steals of the draft, serving as a defensive spark plug off the bench in Tom Thibodeau's system.
Signing Richard Hamilton
Picking up Hamilton was supposed to be the perfect signing for the Bulls. The former Detroit Pistons All-Star was expected to step in and become a nice backcourt mate for Derrick Rose.
Unfortunately, Hamilton's debut season in Chicago would turn out to be anything but spectacular. He ended up missing 38 games due to injury and produced his worst scoring average since his rookie year.
Who knows if he can manage to rebound and have a solid 2012-13 campaign wearing a Bulls uni.
Signing Derrick Rose to an Extension
Last December, the Bulls signed Rose to a five-year, $94 million extension.
Sadly, just four months later, he would suffer a torn ACL in the team's opening playoff game against Philadelphia.
Locking up D-Rose seemed like a great move by the Bulls at the time since he was coming off an incredible season in which he was named the league's Most Valuable Player.
And quite frankly, it's still looks like a great move.
Sure, Rose will miss the majority of the 2012-13 season, but he'll return to MVP form in no time.
Don't worry Bulls fans.
Acquiring Nikola Mirotic
Who in the world is Nikola Mirotic?
Perhaps in a few years from now, most NBA fans will be well aware of that name.
Mirotic will likely remain in Europe for another couple of years before finally landing on the Bulls' roster.
The 6'10" forward has the skills to develop into a combination of Dirk Nowitzki and former Bull Toni Kukoc, which definitely isn't a bad thing at all.
Re-Signing Brian Scalabrine
The Bulls didn't re-sign Scalabrine because he was a productive role player; he was re-signed because he was familiar with Thibodeau's defensive system.
For three of Scalabrine's seasons with the Boston Celtics, he played for Thibodeau, who was then the team's associate head coach.
Scalabrine, also known as "White Mamba," is easily one of the most notable bench warmer/cheerleaders in NBA history.
Although he rarely plays, Bulls fans love him dearly.