With just a few weeks left in the season, the Bulls are gearing up for a busy offseason.
There is a lot that the team will have to evaluate in the final games, and that will leave a few things to watch.
- How often will the Veterans play?
Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday, Omer Asik. Asik is still on the team after the trade right? That’s how little they have played. What this affects is mostly offseason trade value. The Bulls are expected to sell high on Lopez this offseason, possibly turning him into another First-Round pick. Teams around the league know his and the others values based on play this season and past efforts, but for the Bulls it will be playing the game of keeping them in game shape and not risking a major injury. These guys are going to be valuable offseason assets in the rebuilding effort.
2. The Young Core
It is all about the youth movement in Chicago, and they have come to play. Some may say that these are going to be garbage minutes in the last ten plus games, but they are going to be valuable experience minutes for the young core. Anytime they can have game action and build chemistry is going to be key. Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen have all found success this season but they can now use the final few games to finish strong and build consistency moving forward. The Front Office will also be able to use this as a period to see what the team is going to need via Free Agency and the Draft.
3. Fred Hoiberg’s Future
Hoiberg is their guy, we have heard it over and over again. At a certain level he cannot be faulted for the short falling of the team given the roster he was handed. On the other hand the Bulls have to make sure they have the guy to develop the core. He is currently 107-126 in just under three full seasons as the Bulls Head Coach. He has under performed the first two years and now is in the middle of rebuilding phase. With two more years left on his contract he is going to be under a microscope nearing the end of his third season and heading into his fourth.
Although the Bulls might not be much to watch at the end of the year, we would like to give a huge shoutout to the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. They finished off their season by winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and gained an 11-seed for the Big Dance. Now they have made an improbable Sweet 16 run in the NCAA Tournament. They have taken down 6-seeded Miami (FL) and 3-seeded Tennessee in dramatic fashion thus far in the tournament. Tune in this Thursday at 6:07 P.M. to watch them take on the Nevada Wolfpack for a spot in the Elite 8. We wish them luck and hope they can provide some entertaining basketball for a few more weeks in Chicago.