The Bulls are fairly close to completing their 2012 off-season moves with quite a few changes taking place. After losing nearly half their team in Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Cj Watson, Omer Asik, Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas… the Bulls did a fairly good job putting in replacement pieces at a smaller cost – despite what most fans would say. The additions of Nate Robinson, Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Vladamir Radmanovic and rookie Marquis Teague will prove to be adequate fill ins. And no matter who the Bulls were to sign, the season obviously would be a struggle with Rose being out.
With much of the off-season complete, look for the Bulls to button up final roster decisions. The Bulls are interested in Tracy McGrady and rookie Malcolm Thomas, with likely 2 year deals being offered to both, but management is looking to shed salary before making a decision. The team is practically willing to give away Rip Hamilton with no takers so far. The Bulls and Cavs have engaged in talks about Hamilton. The Cavs are interested in adding some depth at the two guard stop, but are weighing other options before making a decision on Hamilton. If Rip is shipped to Cleveland, the Bulls would likely move faster in signing Thomas and McGrady.
Other then Hamilton’s status, the Bulls offseason looks pretty close to complete, with a chance the Bulls sign McGrady whether Hamilton is moved or not.