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In typical Bulls fashion, it doesn't appear that a decision regarding the team's future will be made any time soon.
Rose's injury likely marked the end of this current group's run for a title, with Luol Deng's contract ending this summer and Carlos Boozer a candidate to be amnestied. The team could opt to trade some of its assets and stockpile draft picks or young players in order to rebuild and give Rose youthful talent to grow with during his prime years.
But, at least during this season, general manager Gar Forman has given the indication that the team's most anticipated move won't be made at all. According to ESPN, the team will not be trading Deng, but rather let his deal expire and attempt to negotiate a new deal after the season.
“I’m mature enough to understand that I can’t worry about things I can’t control. If I wake up tomorrow, they call me and they tell me otherwise, then that’s what it is. I can’t control that,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times (h/t NBC Chicago). “That’s their job, and they’ve got to do their job. That’s a decision they have to make on what they feel is best for the team.’’
Trading Deng and/or other assets like Mike Dunleavy, Taj Gibson or even Joakim Noah could garner significant future assets while opening up cap space in the immediate future—namely the summers of 2014 and 2015. Management, however, hasn't given any hints that it plans on blowing up the current roster.
It's possible, and some would say likely, that Chicago re-signs Deng long term, limits its spending and attempts to give this core one more spin at the Larry O'Brien Trophy next season. At this stage, though, with Rose entering his prime seasons upon returning, and major free-agent difference-makers set to hit the market in the coming summers, playing the role of seller doesn't seem to have that steep of a price.
Even if the Bulls don't wish to spend any acquired cap space on a flashy name, cap space is dually valuable in that it doesn't need to be spent. Teams with room can acquire players of greater salaries back in trades, among other things. It's a luxury that not many winning, large-market teams have very often and has worth in more ways than one.
It's a very appealing option that management may not take the liberty to exercise, whether it be due to a fear of striking out in free agency, as Chicago did in 2010, or because it frets a short-term rebuild could disgruntle Rose.
Given the circumstances, and considering recent history as context, it's fair to say that Chicago making a significant play for the future—whether it be involving Deng or anyone else—is unlikely.