As the 2017-18 NBA season approaches, Chicago Bulls fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the organization is moving in the right direction. After realizing that their roster couldn’t compete with the league’s elite, they finally made the right choice — rebuild the team. And the rebuild began once they traded Jimmy Butler.
There was widespread speculation as to whether or not the Bulls received a good-enough haul for their all-star shooting guard/small forward in the trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves — a trade where they received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the seventh pick (who turned out to be Lauri Markkanen.) If nothing else, they will help further the Bulls’ rebuilding process.
This season is going to feel different for fans. Making the playoffs looks unlikely, as opposed to years past. Instead, the team is expected to lose a majority of their games.
But, perhaps the most important part of this upcoming season will revolve around the development of their young players, such as their recent acquisitions LaVine, Dunn and Markkanen, as well as returning forward Bobby Portis. Developing these players into consistent contributors won’t be easy, but will potentially help the team succeed in the future.
The Bulls are trying to solidify and ensure that the rebuild is done properly, as seen through the hiring of former head coach Doug Collins. Collins will serve as the senior advisor of basketball operations. The rebuild took another step forward on Sept. 24 as the Bulls and Dwyane Wade agreed to part ways on a buyout. During the negotiation process, the Chicago native gave up $8 million of the $23.8 million owed to him.
So, Bulls fans, take a seat and pray this works.