The Bulls will face an uphill battle next season as they find themselves without star point guard Derrick Rose for an indefinite period of time thanks to his torn ACL. Beyond Rose's injury, the Bulls could be without Luol Deng if he elects to undergo wrist surgery after playing in the London Olympic Games. The Bulls will face a series of decisions this summer as they hope to remain one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference after falling to the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs this spring. ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell has the latest news and notes out of Chicago…
- The Bulls are currently mulling their options over whether they should continue their relationship with C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. Watson seems the most likely to return as he knows the offense well and could do a solid job of filling in for Rose while he is out rehabbing. The Bulls may need to look elsewhere if they decide to match any offer for restricted free agent Omer Asik, who is expected to command $5MM per season.
- The timeline for Deng's recovery from wrist surgery is approximately three to four months, which if he plays in the Olympics would mean that he would miss the start of the NBA season. Deng is also scheduled to participate in an NBA-sponsored "Basketball Without Borders" trip to South Africa this August. A prolonged absence from the team will seemingly impact how the Bulls shape their roster this summer for next season.
- Don't look for the Bulls to amnesty Carlos Boozer this summer as Chicago will need to rely on his scoring next season if they hope to be competitive. Moving forward, it's likely the Bulls will rid themselves of Boozer's bloated contract, but such a move is at least a summer away. Boozer, 30, averaged 15.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG in 66 starts with the Bulls during the 2011/2012 season.