Ideal Backcourt Pairings for Chicago Bulls to Get Derrick Rose Help

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Ideal Backcourt Pairings for Chicago Bulls to Get Derrick Rose Help
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Derrick Rose needs a perfect fit in his backcourt.

The Chicago Bulls are on the brink of becoming real factors in deciding the next batch of NBA championships.

They've got the right coach and stars under contract and have spent the last couple seasons earning their reps and gaining valuable playoff experience. There is still one spot of need for the Bulls, as the shooting guard cupboard is particularly bare.

Money is tight in Chicago, with the team up against the tax ceiling before free agency even begins. This will make it really tough for them to retain the services of Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli. Both players had big years for the Bulls on inexpensive, one-year deals. 

The team will probably look to buy out Richard Hamilton's $5 million deal for the small sacrifice of $1 million. He has been very unreliable for Chicago since joining the team two years ago. Hamilton turns 36 in February and isn't what the Bulls need next to Derrick Rose.

Both Rose and Luol Deng see minor bumps in salary next season, and Taj Gibson's generous extension kicks him to $7.5 million next year. All this will make it difficult for the Bulls to be big players in free agency. 

Still, if they are shrewd with their dealing, Chicago can come away with the perfect fit next to Rose in the backcourt. Finding a guy to play alongside their superstar for years to come will go a long way to solidifying what could become a championship core.

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