The Chicago Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs last night after another defeat to the Washington Wizards left them with an insurmountable 4-1 series deficit.
And with the buzzer sounding on their 2014 playoff aspirations, the Chicago franchise will quickly revert to offseason planning.
One of the most intriguing issues to be solved by Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls hierarchy is what happens with recently recruited point guard D.J. Augustin.
The 26-year-old was brought in to cover for the perennially injured Derrick Rose and has impressed in his 76 games in 2013-14. He could however opt to head for free agency when his short-term deal comes to an end in a few weeks time.
But Augustin himself, speaking in the aftermath of the Wizards defeat Tuesday and via Daily Herald reporter Mike McGraw, made clear that his first choice would be to return to the Bulls next year:
"I definitely love it here. I definitely would love to be back here," the former Texas Longhorn explained.
"But right now, I'm just trying to get over this game."
Ultimately the decision will largely hinge on the financial package Augustin receives but it is a positive sign for Bulls fans that the player is keen to go again with the team.
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