CHICAGO – At this time last year, the Bulls front office believed they were poised to make a run at seventh NBA title.
The team fell short of those expectations, finishing the season with a record of 42-40, keeping them out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
A lot has happened since then.
In just a few months time, the Bulls shipped away the face of their franchise in Derrick Rose and let longtime leader Joakim Noah leave to join Rose in New York.
To fill the void left behind, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson and General Manager Gar Forman brought in two proven veterans – Rajon Rondo and hometown hero Dwyane Wade.
Some felt it was a last-ditch attempt to be relevant, but the organization is confident the moves will form a new foundation for prolonged success.