The latest news and notes around the Chicago Bulls on Friday afternoon:
- Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com writes that the Bulls' defense is suffering from the loss of key reserves Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer this summer.
- Jeremy Bauman of Sheridan Hoops calls the Bulls' 5-3 start to the season with Derrick Rose sidelined one of the surprises of the early season.
- Expect to see more poison pill offer sheets in the future like the one Asik received this summer, says Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (Sulia link). Since the signing team has the option to spread out the cap hit evenly rather than assuming the "poison pill" part of the deal, it makes sense that teams will continue to make things as hard on the free agent's old club as possible. Of course, as ESPN.com's John Hollinger points out (via Twitter), the ability to include a poison pill in an offer sheet only applies to Arenas Rule players, who aren't all that common.