A Bullseye Dagger

This NBA offseason couldn’t end any quicker. Another hopeful Bulls target is gone as O.J. Mayo announced via Twitter Monday night that he is headed to Dallas.

Once looking like the clear-cut losers of free agency, the Mavericks have slowly made amends. Unfortunately, the Bulls are spiraling downward. So much so that it wouldn’t be a stretch to say we’re the Kevin Federline of this offseason.

It started off with Omer Asik being given a hefty contract from the Houston Rockets. There are talks about the Bulls matching, but with the way this offseason has gone, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. Most think that matching would be a foolish move anyway.

Then came the team options of CJ Watson and Ronnie Brewer. Watson has moved on and signed with the Brooklyn Nets, as of Saturday night. Brewer is still available and the Bulls could attempt to bring him back if they cannot sign Courtney Lee. Let’s be honest, we all know how that will transpire.

Finally, Kyle Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for cash considerations. The Bulls were supposed to receive a draft pick, but the Timberwolves pulled out.

The only acquisition the Bulls have made was the signing of returning vet Kirk Hinrich. He, along with draft pick Marquis Teague, were brought in to fill the void of the injured Derrick Rose.

There is no more Bench Mob and there probably will never be another one.

As pessimistic as this sounds, the Bulls’ run at a championship has ended. Undoubtedly, the next few years will be a rebuilding process.

On Monday night’s edition of Chicago Tribune Live, there was a discussion of rumors about Richard Hamilton being on the trade block. If he’s not traded, Hamilton is only guaranteed to still be on the roster through next season. Also, it was said that Carlos Boozer would get amnestied at some point during the next two years.

A nucleus that was so intact is now on verge of being completely dismantled. It is a very somber feeling knowing how close the Bulls were to getting to the promised land. As I reiterate from a previous piece, things would be entirely different had Rose not gone down. One injury has changed the entire complexion of the future.

Usually, this would call for the typical Chicago sports “when the team is good, let’s break it up” method. However, the luxury tax prevents management from really doing much of anything. The Bulls are in bind.

If there is a bright side, maybe in three years, the Bulls will be in the lottery race. We got lucky with Rose. How about the Bulls having two former Simeon products on the same team?

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