Bulls post-draft outlook

What must the Bulls do next to remain relevant?

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Jeremy Johnson, Sports Editor

The Bulls selected former Arkansas forward Bobby Portis with the 22nd pick in this year’s draft.

It was a good pick for their spot in the draft as Portis was looked at as a late-lottery pick.

With that being said, the Bulls now have five frontcourt players vying for four spots.

Somebody needs to go.

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Moving one of those guys isn’t the only priority the Bulls need to take care of this offseason either.

Making necessary moves will go a long way in determining how far the team will get, especially next season.

Re-signing Jimmy Butler

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Butler showed his worth last season, winning Most Improved Player while tallying a career-high in points (20) and rebounds per game (5.8).

Although inconsistent, he showed an ability to make shots from the perimeter while also getting to the free-throw line.

Without Jimmy, tons of pressure would be put back on Derrick Rose and that just can’t happen.

The Bulls need to do whatever it takes to keep Butler in the Windy City.

Retaining Mike Dunleavy

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You can never have enough shooting and that’s what Dunleavy brings to the table.

Sure young guns like Tony Snell and Doug McDermott should get more playing time but the Bulls need the efficiency that Dunleavy possesses.

The Bulls struggled mightily when Dunleavy was unable to play last season.

A big part of that was due to his understanding of his role.

With Mike back in the mix, the Bulls should have stability on the wings.

Dealing with loaded frontcourt

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As I said earlier, the addition of Portis crowds the Bulls front-line.

I would love to see the team move one of these pieces for a guard that can create his own shot.

One potential move involves Taj Gibson moving to Milwaukee for O.J. Mayo.

Mayo would give the Bulls an additional scorer who can create off the dribble, eliminating the frequency of scoring droughts.

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Conclusion

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With free agents Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich likely gone, there could be a hole in the backup point guard position.

However, E’Twaun Moore is more than capable of providing productive minutes while giving Rose rest on the bench.

With this roster constructed, the Bulls will be in prime position to challenge Cleveland in the eastern conference:

Starters: Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah
Bench: Moore, Mayo/Snell, McDermott, Mirotic, Portis