The Chicago Bulls are right where they should be, amidst the top contenders in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings. This year’s trade deadline on Feb. 21 might not even be a factor for the Bulls as they have come together and battled through adversity every step of the way this season.
They’ve succeeded despite not having star point guard Derrick Rose for the entire 2012-13 NBA season. Well, to this point at least.
Rose is due to be back soon after spending the season recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the 2011-12 NBA playoffs.
With Rose back, the Bulls will instantly become one of the deepest teams in the conference thanks to having to fill the void left by his absence all season long. The minutes his backups received are invaluable and will help the team continue to get better as the season progresses.
Come playoff time they will have some of the best lineup flexibility in the league, too.
New injuries have reared their ugly head, though, as Carlos Boozer (hamstring) and Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) may be out for some time.
With two big men on the shelf the Bulls could be looking to bolster its frontcourt and add depth for the team’s playoff push.
Who, if anyone, will the Bulls be targeting before this year’s deadline? Who is expendable to them, if anyone?
We’ll take a look at all of the current rumors and happenings of the Bulls’ trade front in the following slideshow.