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Bulls Tue Jun 01 2010

[UPDATE] Pocket Guide to the Chicago Bulls Offseason

The Chicago Bulls have entered into a period in their franchise history that is full of two things: questions and potential.

If the cards land just right, the Bulls could become immediate NBA Championship contenders. On the flip side, a few missteps or mistakes could mire the team in another prolonged stretch of mediocrity.

To help you follow along with all of the questions, and subsequent answers, that will invariably come from the next few months, please follow along with this "Pocket Guide to the Chicago Bulls Offseason". Feel free to score along at home as each topic is addressed in real life. This document will be living and breathing with each additional update, so be sure to check back frequently.

1.) Will LeBron James be playing for the Bulls next year?

Current Status: Unknown

Rumors: Every new day seems to bring a new story about the insatiable chase to recruit LeBron James. There are even dedicated websites that push out information constantly. Even major news outlets cannot stop themselves from covering each angle. At this point, one cannot rely on any information until the man himself makes a statement.

(Update 06/08) James will be going on a free agent tour with stops in his potential next city. Chicago made the itinerary. Tom Thibodeau signed with the same agency as LeBron James (CAA Sports). James was interviewed by Larry King and said that Cleveland still has an edge to re-sign him. SendLeBrontoChicago.com bought a billboard.

  • Best Guess as of June 1st, 2010: LeBron will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Best Guess as of June 8th, 2010: LeBron will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2.) Who will be the Bulls coach next season?

Current Status: Unknown The Bulls will hire Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau to a deal worth approximately $6.5 million, with two years guaranteed plus a team option, according to multiple media reports. The deal will be finalized after the NBA Finals are complete. ("Best Case, Worst Case for the Thibodeau Era")

Rumors: The name on everyone's minds the past week has been Phil Jackson, but ever since this idea was brought up (even publicly to Jackson) the probability seems to be dropping. Tom Thibodeau, an assistant with the Boston Celtics, has been named as a probable candidate.  Other names being mentioned, according to ESPN Chicago, include Maurice Cheeks, Lawrence Frank, Elston Turner and, of course, John Calipari.

(UPDATE: Thibodeau has allegedly been offered the New Orleans Hornets coaching position.)

Best Guess as of June 1st, 2010: Just to go against the public opinion, Byron Scott will coach the Bulls next season.

3.) Who will the Bulls select in the 2010 NBA Draft?

Current Status: Unknown

Rumors: According to CSNChicago.com, the Bulls held workouts this past weekend with six potential draft picks. Guards James Anderson of Oklahoma State, Xavier Henry of Kansas, Paul George of Fresno State and Dominique Jones of South Florida, as well as forwards Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal and Louisville's Samardo Samuels participated in the session.

  • Best Guess as of June 1st, 2010: The Bulls will select James Anderson in the 2010 NBA Draft.
  • Best Guess as of June 8th, 2010: The Bulls will select James Anderson in the 2010 NBA Draft.

4.) Which free agents will the Bulls sign?

Current Status: Unknown

Rumors: This is perhaps the greatest unknown. So much of the free agency game this offseason will fall into place after James makes his decision. Talk of Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki or any other potential free agent pick-up for the Bulls is useless without knowing James' status and the identity of the new coach.

(Update 06/08) The most noted free agents have been throwing around an idea of a "free agent summit", but this talk has been downplayed after initial reports. Dwayne Wade seems to be a definite no-go to Chicago and has been doing his best to bash Chicago as an organization lacking loyalty. Carlos Boozer thinks highly of the Bulls.

  • Best Guess as of June 1st, 2010: The Bulls will sign Joe Johnson this offseason.
  • Best Guess as of June 8th, 2010: The Bulls will sign Carlos Boozer this offseason.

5.) Which current players will not be with the Bulls at the start of next season?

Current Status: Unknown

Rumors: The two players generating the most buzz in regards to their involvement in deals to send them outside of Chicago are Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng. While unpopular, there is also talk of moving the emerging Taj Gibson during this tumultuous time.

  • Best Guess as of June 1st, 2010: Luol Deng will not be a Bull next season.
  • Best Guess as of June 8th, 2010: Luol Deng will not be a Bull next season.

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Nathan / June 1, 2010 8:55 PM

I find it odd that you expect the Bulls to sign a guard, draft a guard and retain a guard and dump their small forward.

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