Chicago Bulls: Three Players That the Bulls Should Get Rid Of Before Next Season
The Chicago Bulls' season ended last night in a Game 5 loss to the defending champion Miami Heat, and some players on the roster have been unexpectedly crucial during the Bulls' playoff run (i.e. Nate Robinson).
However, there are other players who have not lived up to their expectations and will most likely be dealt during the offseason.
This slideshow will evaluate three players who the Bulls should trade away this summer, whether it be for not meeting expectations or monetary reasons.
Although Rip Hamilton performed decently in the final two games of the Bulls-Heat series, he hasn't seen much action at all during the playoffs and Coach Thibodeau seldom used him in his rotation.
He appeared in just 50 games during the regular season but was the starting shooting guard for nearly every game when he was healthy.
However, he only appeared in four out of the 12 playoff games, and he played less than eight minutes in two of those contests (per Basketball Reference).
Additionally, he has a team option for next season, which will pay him $5 million. With Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson stepping up in his place, it's unlikely that the Bulls will exercise their team option on Hamilton.
Vladimir Radmanovic was never really expected to have a big role on this team, so it's not like he didn't live up to his expectations when he arrived in Chicago.
Radmanovic was supposed to bring a newer dimension to this team, as he's the only big man on the team who could stretch the floor and shoot the ball from outside.
However, he just didn't get the minutes and it didn't help when he shot just 30 percent from the field during the regular season.
He only appeared in 25 games during the regular season and only one playoff game in the postseason. He registered 10 minutes in the lone game he played, but they were just garbage minutes in the face of a blowout loss against the Heat.
Radmanovic will probably not be back next season, and the Bulls don't have any incentive to keep him either.
Surprisingly, Carlos Boozer performed much better this postseason than in his previous two postseasons as a member of the Bulls.
He averaged 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds on 49.4 percent shooting from the field, which was much improved from his postseason averages for the past two years (12.9 PPG on 42.9 percent shooting).
But if the Bulls want to chase after some higher quality free agents this summer, they must rid themselves of Boozer's $16.8 million salary for next season.
Boozer's playoff performance this year was promising, but that also means his value on the market increases. The Bulls could look to add cheaper role players or make room for another star-caliber player in the offseason by dealing away Boozer.