Things weren't looking too great in the Windy City not too long ago.
The Chicago Bulls failed to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years last term, and the transition from Tom Thibodeau to Fred Hoiberg seemed to have its share of growing pains, too.
The departure of Derrick Rose seemed inevitable. The former MVP, and youngest player to ever win the award, only had one year remaining on his massive contract and the Bulls had to get something in return.
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Factor in the numerous injuries Rose had to deal with and the move made sense for all parties. What the Bulls did not count on was Joakim Noah's and Pau Gasol's desires to move on in free agency.
All of a sudden, the Bulls looked like they might be entering a rebuild. With only Jimmy Butler left as a true building block, they needed to act.
General manager Gar Forman pulled the trigger on deals for the veteran pair of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade in free agency and now Chicago has one of the most talented backcourts in the Association, once the deals are over the line.
Rondo led the league for assists last season with an average of 11.7 dimes a game, and, at 30-years-old, he has done remarkably well to prove his doubters, who feared he wouldn't be the same player after his own ACL troubles, wrong.
Now that he has arrived at the United Center, the former Sacramento Kings man is under no illusions of how the Bulls will operate and where the future of the franchise lies.
"Jimmy's the youngest, he's the engine here," Rondo told reporters on Thursday. "It'll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.
"The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team. Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team."
It's nice to see that four-time All-Star isn't letting his ego complicate things like so many NBA stars have in the past. He wants to help Chicago improve and is committed to doing that in any capacity.
The point guard won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 playing alongside the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Rondo thinks that experience will serve him well and help the three star men in Chicago mesh quicker.
"I was able to see how those guys interacted with one another. Knowing that everything doesn't have to be perfect in practice.
"You're going to disagree, but if you all have one common goal at the end of the day and that's to get a W, that's all that matters. Egos go out the window and we all have one common goal."
Whatever happens, Chicago are going to be an interesting watch this year.