The Chicago Bulls are preparing for the future, and if the trade of Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks wasn't evidence enough, general manager Gar Forman is here to make their intentions clear.
In the last 12 years, the Bulls have only failed to make it to the playoffs on two occasions and they were regular season Eastern Conference champions twice.
Ironically, those victorious times were led by the explosive Derrick Rose. It seems there is a correlation with the youngest ever MVP's crushing knee injuries and Chicago's fortunes, and even the emergence of Jimmy Butler as a backcourt partner to compliment a wise frontcourt couldn't make the Bulls genuine contenders.
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Joakim Noah was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, but, last year, the 31-year-old spent the least time on the floor since his rookie campaign.
It's become clear that with the salary cap set to increase, the Bulls won't be persisting with their nearly men any longer.
"We had a great run for 10 years," Forman said at the end of the news conference to introduce first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine. "The last decade, we've got the best record in the Eastern Conference. We've put together a group that we thought was highly competitive and probably had a chance to get to a championship level.
"The injuries obviously derailed us quite a bit, especially the last few years. And then last year there were just so many of them. But we've got to put this back together now, going younger, more athletic and building it back up moving into the future."
The move towards the kind of team Forman speaks of starts with their draft pick Valentine, but likely has a lot to do with free agency, too. Pau Gasol and Noah are likely to pack their bags with Mike Dunleavy Taj Gibson two more players who could be vulnerable to trades.
"We've got to weigh everything that comes in front of us," Forman said. "And obviously the cap will spike this summer, then it will spike again the following summer, then I think it will start to flatten out. What we've got to keep in mind is not only short-term but long-term and trying to put together the best plan for our team moving forward.
"So we've got to weigh those things as it begins. Obviously, we've got an eye on this year, but we've also got an eye on two, three years from now and even four or five years out as far as managing our cap and putting together the best team we can."
The Bulls have to be careful here. Whilst they likely will not tank to Philadelphia levels, a look at how the Lakers have started again after losing a few key men like Dwight Howard and, ironically, Gasol, means the franchise might have to brace itself for a few frustrating years.