The Chicago Bulls have become one of the most resilient teams in the NBA. Despite losing Derrick Rose to injury again this season, the team is fighting for home court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Despite the surprising success, this team will look much different next season as trade rumors and the possibility of having three picks in the 2014 Draft. Depending on what happens before the upcoming trade deadline, the latest mock drafts have the team concentrating on the front court.
One player that started his college basketball career on fire, but has cooled in recent weeks is Aaron Gordon of Arizona. With the recent departure of Luol Deng and the possible move of Carlos Boozer before the start of next season, Gordon could fill the hole created by the team and begin the process of youth taking over this roster.
Another option in the first round is Adreine Payne of Michigan State. The young power forward has the big body needed to play down low in the league and his defensive first mentality fits perfect with the Chicago Bulls coaching staff.
With a summer of big name free agents becoming available and the deepest draft in years, it will be interesting to see what the Bulls front office does to get this team back as one of the best in the NBA, but one thing is clear, this team needs more depth in the front court and a player to help Rose with scoring if they want to challenge Miami as the top team in the league.