After knocking off the Nets in seven games and stealing game one from the Heat, the Bulls dropped the next four to Miami, ending their playoff run. Now, the Bulls must re-tool and figure out what kind of roster they'll put around the returning Derrick Rose. Here's today's news out of the Windy City..
- Guards Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Richard Hamilton, and Daequan Cook are as good as gone, writes Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Robinson, Belinelli, and Cook are all free agents this summer and the Bulls have no intention of picking up their $5MM option on Rip Hamilton. For his part, the diminutive Robinson wants to stay, but he has made it clear that he is seeking a multi-year deal and the market could give him something that prices him out of Chicago.
- Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com asks if the Bulls should trade Luol Deng this offseason. The idea of trading Deng would have seemed ludicrous just months ago, but the younger Jimmy Butler did quite well in the 28-year-old's place when Deng was out this season.
- HoopsWorld's Joel Brigham asks where the Bulls go from here. In addition to finding a new cast of guards, the Bulls will likely also have to replace Nazr Mohammed. Some possibilities at the five include Samuel Dalembert, who brings solid shot-blocking skills at a potentially low price and Jermaine O’Neal, who had a bounceback year in Phoenix this season.