The Chicago Bulls have been one of those teams for some time now that you can say are “one player” away from being real championship contender — even with Derrick Rose in the lineup.
Chicago has everything in place — a great coach (Tom Thibodeau), a nice supporting cast, a great big and a really good No. 2 option in Rose if he can ever get healthy again — except for THE piece. The star.
They’re hoping to change that this summer — and the plan still remains the same. They believe Carmelo Anthony can get them over the top.
Carmelo Anthony is still Plan A as the Bulls and the rest of the NBA await to see if the Knicks forward will opt out of his contract. But the Bulls are more active in their pursuit of Kevin Love than initially rumored. Also, don’t rule out LeBron James coming into play again if the four-time MVP opts out of his deal.
The report also says that the Bulls pursuit of Kevin Love is real, so much so that they’re willing to trade anyone on the team for him not named Derrick Rose.
According to several NBA sources Sunday, the Bulls have been actively looking to improve the starting lineup at almost any cost, with Derrick Rose the only untouchable player — and not by choice.
The Bulls are going to be very active this offseason, as they should be. If they land one big fish, if not both, the Bulls have an opportunity to have a huge upcoming season.
They need the ball first, though. Can’t run without it.