The 2012-13 NBA regular-season schedule has been announced, Derrick Rose's return date has been confirmed, and the Chicago Bulls are preparing for yet another run at the title. Before they can realize their dreams, however, the Bulls have decisions to make and potential departures to cope with.
According to the latest buzz emerging from the Windy City, much could change in the coming days.
The Bulls have a championship-caliber roster, earning the best record in the NBA in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 with the same core as they have today. With D-Rose returning from injury, it goes without saying that Chicago will be a more effective unit.
With that being said, the Bulls appear to be unsatisfied with what they have in place. They're pursuing high-profile talent in hopes of boosting their second unit and thus becoming a more legitimate title contender.
They may also be forced to deal with a loss to their coaching staff.
Antawn Jamison on the Radar
The Chicago Bulls are preparing for a long-awaited season of full health, as Derrick Rose and Luol Deng return to the starting lineup. With a full cast of Rose, Jimmy Butler, Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, Chicago's title dreams are becoming a reality.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Bulls are targeting veteran forward Antawn Jamison to round out their roster.
Jamison is an intriguing option for Chicago, as he's one of the better offensive big men in basketball. His season with the Lakers may have been tumultuous, but he thrives with his back to the basket and displays three-point range.
Even with Mike D'Antoni failing to use Antawn Jamison in anything close to the proper manner, he posted per-36-minute averages of 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds on a true shooting percentage of .561.
Jamison won't help to improve Chicago's defense, but the Bulls' second unit was 27th in scoring during the 2012-13 season. Injuries played a major role in that, as reserves became starters, but that doesn't discredit Chicago's needs.
With Jamison complementing Taj Gibson, the Bulls would finally have a legitimate sixth man.
With that being said, both the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies are in the running for Jamison's services, per Shelburne. Both of those teams offer fits equal, if not more promising, to that of Chicago and could thus steal Jamison away.
With that being said, Jamison would offer an offensive upgrade down low and is worth targeting.
Adrian Griffin a Candidate in Philadelphia
Somehow, some way, the Philadelphia 76ers still haven't hired a head coach. Not only are they the last team without a sideline general, but Philly has defied logic by choosing to go through the NBA draft and free agency without a coach to consult about the personnel it brings on board.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the 'Sixers are targeting Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin:
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports confirms the report.
Griffin played in the NBA from 1999 to 2008, earning two stints as a player with the Bulls. Prior to that, he was a star at Seton Hall, earning second-team All-Big East honors and helping to revive the program.
Griffin has been an NBA assistant coach since 2008, spending time with the Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
With the Bulls' success as an organization, their coaching staff has become one of the most highly praised in the world. Tom Thibodeau is a perennial coach-of-the-year candidate, earning the reputation as one of the best coaches without a championship ring.
For that reason, it's hardly surprising to hear that one of Chicago's assistants is in the running for a head-coaching gig.
Other candidates for the vacant 'Sixers job are Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks, Brett Brown of the San Antonio Spurs and Jay Larranaga of the Boston Celtics. It's unclear who has the edge, but Stein reports that Griffin met with Philadelphia for more than three hours.
Replacing an assistant coach is never easy, and that appears to be what Chicago will need to do.