The Chicago Bulls already have a handful of championship-caliber pieces in place. Come the offseason, they could potentially add the final pieces to the championship puzzle via free-agency.
Who should they target in the summer of 2013?
They'll surely have their eyes on a few potential newcomers, but don't expect them to land a superstar come July.
ESPN's Bradford Doolittle recently wrote about how the Bulls will likely pursue an elite player, perhaps even LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, come the 2014 offseason. At that time, the Bulls will have more financial flexibility, because the amnesty clause will likely be used on Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng's hefty contract comes off the books.
With this in view, the 2013 offseason will likely only feature marginal moves. The Bulls can't do much because they're lacking financial freedom, nor is there much reason for them to lure some of the league's marquee 2013 free agents (such as O.J. Mayo and J.J. Redick).
However, some minor free-agency maneuvers could prove valuable. Such additions could provide Chicago with the right mix to dethrone the Miami Heat in 2013-14.
Here is the Bulls' free-agency big board, featuring the top five players for them to chase.