This was mainly due to the improved play of their young core and key free-agent signings such as Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and pretty much half the Utah Jazz's roster.
Despite the little credit he gets, Carlos Boozer was instrumental in making the Bulls a contender this past season. Boozer averaged a modest 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds, and did what the Bulls expected him to do. His numbers dropped only slightly, but we must also take in consideration the fact that he's playing on a team with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and one of the most talented benches in the league.
Still, Bulls fans are human (I double checked), and it's totally human to look for a scapegoat to throw the blame on rather than accepting defeat. I'm not saying Boozer was perfect, his flaws on defense were exposed by Bosh, but to pin all the blame on Boozer is unfair as key players Derrick Rose (35.7 percent from the field) and Joakim Noah (6 PPG, 20 fouls) also had their struggles in the series.
Moving on, the Bulls probably have no intention of moving Boozer because it's likely they will not get equal value since Boozer's contract will be considered even more bloated after changes to the CBA. If they do plan on shipping Boozer out there are a few good trades out there which could work for both teams.
Here are eight intriguing trades that Chicago should consider.