The 2013-14 NBA season isn't going as planned for the Chicago Bulls, a team that was expected to challenge for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose is missing another year with injury and the front office traded away Luol Deng.
But despite having a losing record and sitting sixth in the East, this franchise could rebound quickly with a solid draft and a couple free agent signings once the season is over.
This years talent pool is deep in the draft and with a need for another small forward and help in the back court, this team can take the best available player when their pick rolls around.
The latest mocks have the Chicago Bulls looking to add depth in the front court with their top pick and Michigan State forward Adreian Payne is a terrific option. Payne needs to add some muscle, but he runs the floor well and is the type of player that can create his own shot. At 6'9" he has the length and athleticism to play solid defense, something the team prides itself on, but his ability to play multiple positions could have him wearing a Bulls uniform in 2014.
Help at point guard is needed, especially with the career of Rose now a question mark. Look for the front office to use its second round pick for help and Aaron Craft of Ohio State is a solid choice. Craft has plenty of big game experience with the Buckeyes and the quickness to play int he NBA, his only drawback is shooting, but for a team looking for a distributor, the Bulls could use a floor leader to get others the ball in good position and a player that can help coming off the bench.